2 tornadoes confirmed in Minnesota from Tuesday's storms; cool bias continues for now

High winds, scattered rain and snow showers Thursday.

Wind gusts 2
Wind gust forecast.
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Spring is a relative concept this year in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

So far April is running more than 2 degrees colder than average. And that number is headed even further south over the next week. Still, it could be worse.

I’m hearing from some in northwest Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba that they’ve just about given up on the idea of spring this year. The seasons can be cruel at 45 to 50 degrees north latitude in the center of North America.

2 tornadoes in Minnesota Tuesday night

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NWS La Crosse storm survey teams found evidence of damage from 2 tornadoes in southeast Minnesota from Tuesday evening’s storms.

Scattered snow Thursday

The potent low-pressure storm over North Dakota swirls east through northern Minnesota Thursday. Expect scattered snow showers, with a light accumulation up north.

NOAA GFS model Thursday
NOAA GFS model through 7 pm Thursday.
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Wind advisory

Thursday brings high winds across the Upper Midwest once again. A wind advisory covers central and southern Minnesota Thursday. Gusts will reach 50 mph in some locations. Bad hair day and small pet alert.

Including the cities of Long Prairie, Little Falls, St Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Elk River, Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, St James, Mankato, Fairmont, and Blue Earth

310 PM CDT Wed Apr 13 2022


* WHAT...West winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central and southwest Minnesota.

* WHEN...From 7 AM to 7 PM CDT Thursday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Peak winds gusts Thursday
Peak winds gusts Thursday at 2 pm.

Cold bias continues

The cold exhaust from our massive Midwest storm will pump cold winds across Minnesota the rest of this week. Temperatures Thursday and Friday will hiver in the 30s and 40s. That’s a good 20 degrees colder than average for mid-April.

Forecast high temperatures Thursday
Forecast high temperatures Thursday.

Highs this weekend will run in the 40s across much of Minnesota. There are signs of 50s again next week. The European model puts out 68 degrees for the Twin Cities next Thursday.

We’ll see. I wish I had better (warmer) news.