Expect Two Rounds Of Strong To Severe Storms In Southeast Minnesota Today
According to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, as of 6:30 a.m., the severe storms are likely anywhere across the area, but especially near and south of the I-90 border. The first round is a line of strong to severe storms that will move through Southeast Minnesota from late morning and into the afternoon with possible "torrential rainfall" and have a significant threat for damaging winds.
The NWS said that winds could be in excess of 70 mph with power outages possible. In the photo from the NWS below, much of Olmsted along with all of Mower, Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties have an enhanced risk of severe weather today. The main timing of these storms is expected between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. today.
For the second round, additional storms will redevelop behind the exiting first round of storms in the late afternoon to early evening. The NWS still has a lower confidence in the magnitude and the extent of the severe weather for the second round as it all depends on how the afternoon evolves.
The NWS did say that all thunderstorm hazards will be possible during the second round including damaging winds, large hail, torrential rainfall, and localized flash flooding.
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