National Weather Service
A winter storm in south-central Minnesota is creating difficult driving conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year. The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers have handled nearly 400 crashes and more than 200 spinouts statewide as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. Fifty-five of those crashes involved injuries, including one with serious injuries.
Bad weather could snarl Thanksgiving travel plans for residents of the Dakotas.
The flakes of the season’s first major snow storm began falling on Minnesota Monday morning, and by the time the clouds clear out Tuesday, around a foot of snow could blanket a swath of the state.
Some school districts in Minnesota are canceling classes as the first major winter storm of the season arrives. St. Cloud Area Schools, Albany, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Sartell are among those closed Monday because of the storm that could deposit more than a foot of snow in some area.
Minnesotans are preparing for Old Man Winter as the season’s first major storm threatens to dump more than a foot of snow Monday on a swath of the state, including the metro.
Although the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of the state, Minneapolis Public Schools says it doesn’t anticipate canceling class.
St. Paul public schools have announced a plan for cancelling classes during extreme winter temperatures. The St. Paul School District said Wednesday that classes will be called off if the National Weather Service forecast at 6 a.m. predicts an air temperature below minus 25 or a wind chill of 40 below zero.
Starting Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center, the arm of the National Weather Service responsible for issuing all severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings, will utilize expanded severe weather risk categories for 1 to 3 day convective outlooks.
Forecasts say some Minnesotans could wake up to a blanket of fall snow Saturday — the first accumulating snow of the season.
Josh from Apple Valley wants to know: How do they make the designs in the grass at Target Field? The outline of the state of Minnesota coincided with the 2014 All-Star Game, and it’s become popular with fans.
Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.
We are going to fall about a quarter-inch short of breaking a 140-year-old rainfall record. The record for the most rainfall in June was set in 1874 with 11.67 inches. We’ll finish at about 11.35 inches.
Even people who don’t live near a lake or river saw flooding Saturday. There were flash floods rushing through places like the Uptown area of Minneapolis. On many a day, you’ll find Bryan Meyer and his friends enjoying the view from his apartment stoop.
The National Weather Service says a weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin town of Colfax, but damage reports are minor. Law enforcement tells the weather service the tornado damaged a gas station and knocked down trees Friday afternoon. No injuries are reported.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Crow River was already three feet above flood stage. “It’s pretty crazy, it gets high, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this high before,” said Melanie Sturman, from Delano.