MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are under a tornado watch until late Monday evening, and several severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect on this Next Weather Alert Day. Here are the latest updates:
7:10 p.m.: Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says there are active tornado warnings until 7:45 p.m. in Dunn, Pepin and Pierce counties in Wisconsin. There are active severe thunderstorm warnings in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in Minnesota until 8 p.m., and in Dunn, Pepin and Pierce counties in Wisconsin until 7:45 p.m.
The line of storms now stretches between Duluth and southeastern Minnesota, and the severe thunderstorms continue to head east by northeast into Wisconsin.
There have been several reports of funnels throughout Monday evening’s storms, but no confirmations of any tornado touchdowns yet. There were several reports of hail, with some as large as quarters and golf balls.
Just east of Sartell MN pic.twitter.com/RnVqYI7BU8
— Dorf (@TriviaDorf) May 9, 2022
All is quiet now in the Twin Cities, with dew points dropping behind the line of storms. And it’s feeling warm, with Minneapolis currently at 84 degrees.
The great news is that the counties in the tornado watch are dropping like flies, including in the metro. Most will be dropped before 10 p.m.
Enjoy the break, because there are some more possible severe weather days this week, and it’s going to get hotter.
6:42 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in Minnesota, and in Burnett, Dunn, Pepin and Pierce counties in Wisconsin until 7:30 p.m.
6:39 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued in Dunn County, Wisconsin, until 7:15 p.m.
6:05 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Goodhue County in Minnesota until 6:30 p.m.; in Chisago County in Minnesota, and in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin until 6:45 p.m.
6 p.m.: All tornado warnings have expired in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
5:43 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Washington County in Minnesota, and in Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin, until 6:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for Dakota and Goodhue counties in Minnesota, and in Pierce County, Wisconsin, until 6 p.m.
5:20 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for Anoka, Chisago and Isanti counties in Minnesota, and in Polk County, Wisconsin, until 5:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m.: A trained storm spotter reported seeing a tornado on the ground at about 4:32 p.m. in Gilman in Benton County, which is northeast of St. Cloud.
5 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties in until 5:30 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties in Minnesota, and in Polk County, Wisconsin, until 5:45 p.m.
4:40 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued in Benton, Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties until 5:15 p.m.
This is a radar indicated tornado warning. Several funnel clouds have been spotted in the area. Take cover if you live in the warned area. Funnel clouds can quickly touch down. pic.twitter.com/HnSdnXoJoa
— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) May 9, 2022
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued in Anoka, Hennepin, Sherburne and Wright counties until 5:15 p.m.
Tornado watches are issued for a large swath of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Those are expected to expire at 10 p.m.
Another round of nastiness will pop in the next few hours. There will be strong winds, hail and the possibility of tornadoes. Our Next Weather Team has you covered into the night. pic.twitter.com/fWq7ox5hZN
A “tornado watch” means all the ingredients for a tornado are in the atmosphere, and this is the time to prepare:
Home: Go to the basement or interior room, away from windows.
Outside: Seek indoor shelter. Shed and storage facilities are unsafe.
Driving: Seek indoor shelter if possible. If not, find a low-lying ditch, get in and cover your head.
Why is there such a high threat of severe weather Monday? It’s due to the big temperature change in the past 24 hours. We were in the 60s Sunday, and then jumped to 83 Monday in the metro — and it’s in the upper 80s in southern Minnesota. There are also strong wind gusts from the south at speeds of up to 45 mph.
Around the evening commute time, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., a line of storms could develop just north of the Twin Cities, along the Interstate 35 corridor.
“When we get a line of thunderstorms like this, that is indicative of straight-line winds,” meteorologist Lisa Meadows said.
It’s a narrow band, but the storm could pack a punch. In addition to strong winds, hail will again be a threat and the possibility of tornadoes can also not be ruled out.
The line of storms will expand as it moves east, and some storms could pop up in southeastern Minnesota as the line moves into western Wisconsin.
The severe weather outlook for the rest of Monday looks to be “enhanced” for the southeastern region of the state, like Red Wing, Winona and Austin. The southeastern side of the Twin Cities is included in that enhanced risk. Slight and marginal risk zones surround that area.
The first round of storms Monday tracked through the state in the morning from the southwest to the northeast, just clipping the north metro. Many counties were under severe thunderstorm warnings as the storms moved through. The storm was mostly clear of the state by early afternoon.
Some damage has been reported. In Chisago, power lines were blown over near the high school. Classes were cancelled.
As storms rolled through the state in the morning, many people reported large hail. In Canby earlier in the morning, Twitter user Tamie captured video of the hail falling.
According to the National Weather Service, there have been preliminary reports of large hail from western Minnesota to eastern Minnesota, north of the Twin Cities. In western Minnesota, some areas reported hail greater than 2 inches.
Here's a look at the swath of hail from this morning's storms. Please stay prepared for a second round of storms later this afternoon. Hail as well as tornadoes are possible, so please stay weather aware and make sure you can receive warnings #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/MGz5gXTYYW
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) May 9, 2022
Things will quiet down in the overnight hours, and Tuesday looks dry and pleasant, with a high of 76 and a mix of sun and clouds.
Storms return on Wednesday, and they have the potential to turn severe.
Thursday could see record highs, with 90 degrees possible in the Twin Cities. After that, temperatures will cool slightly as we head into the weekend.