The National Weather Service has confirmed the first tornado of the season in Minnesota. An EF-1 tornado with speeds of near 90 mph touched down Tuesday evening in the St. Michael area, northwest of Minneapolis.
Thunderstorms rumbled through parts of our listening area on Tuesday evening. The first storms started to pop up around 6:30 p.m. There were reports of golf ball size hail in parts of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Morrison, Todd and other counties. There were also reports of winds up to 60 miles an hour.
Rain will mix with and change to snow over the rest of the area during the evening. Accumulations could reach around thee inches north of a line from St. Cloud to Cambridge, with lesser amounts elsewhere.
The National Weather Service says there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night in south central and east central Minnesota. There's also a slight risk off severe thunderstorms across much of Minnesota Sunday and Sunday night.
April arrives tomorrow (Friday), but that doesn't mean we're done with snow yet. The National Weather Service says a low pressure system will move out of the rockies and into the plains states over the weekend.
The recent cold snap in Minnesota has pushed down the forecasted flood crests of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers by more than one foot, but state officials says residents along the rivers shouldn't relax. An updated flood forecast for Minnesota released Friday afternoon still predicts major flooding up and down the Red River Valley.
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