MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in central Minnesota say lightning struck a shed Thursday amid the thundersnow, sending the building up in flames.
The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a photo of the lightning damage amid the mid-April snowstorm, showing the charred shed next to a tree that appears to have suffered a lightning strike.READ MORE: 4 Men Arrested Amid Investigation Into Duluth Shootings
So, it’s a blizzard out there and out of nowhere, BOOM! Lightning strikes, starting a shed on fire.
Yep, it really happened…At 4:30 PM, we and the Isanti Fire District responded to this unique call.
Minnesota weather, amirite? pic.twitter.com/7OBnYs0EPmREAD MORE: Mayo Clinic Remains Nation's Top-Ranked Hospital
— Isanti County Sheriff’s Office (@IsantiMNSheriff) April 12, 2019
The mid-April storm lashed Minnesota with an array of precipitation, including heavy snow, rain, hail, sleet, and graupel. Additionally, winds as strong as 50 mph snapped power lines, leaving thousands of Minnesotans in the dark.
The storm is expected to ease up and move out of the state on Friday. However, roads in western and northern Minnesota are still snow-covered and treacherous.
Thunder snow is rare. Most of the strikes are cloud to cloud. But this bolt struck a tree and a shed in Isanti County yesterday. Just adds to the lore of our wicked weather yesterday. pic.twitter.com/3GCFPVfd3sMORE NEWS: Woman In Custody Dies In Western Wisconsin Jail
— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) April 12, 2019