First severe storms of 2020 hit Minnesota overnight

Plenty of lightning and thunder in the Twin Cities early Tuesday morning.
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It was a rumbly night in parts of Minnesota as the first severe storms of 2020 hit the state. Outside of heavy rain and frequent lightning and loud cracks of thunder, the storms produced small hail. 

The inaugural Minnesota severe storm of the year goes to Traverse County, which was impacted around 11:40 p.m. by a storm that produced 1-inch hailstones late Monday night. 

Just west of Traverse County, in eastern North Dakota, the same storm produced golf ball-sized stones, according to storm reports from the Aberdeen office of the National Weather Service. 

The storm continued east, producing marginally severe hail (no damage) in Douglas County, Minnesota. 

Storms then flared up in and around the Twin Cities metro area around 5:30 a.m., producing plenty of thunder and lightning but nothing severe. 

Around 6:30 a.m., a severe thunderstorm produced quarter-sized hail in eastern Crow Wing County and Aitkin County, east of Brainerd or about seven miles north of Mille Lacs Lake. 

Other storm reports: 

  • 0.70-inch hail near Le Sueur
  • 0.50-inch hail in Waite Park and near Little Falls
  • 0.75-inch hail in St. Cloud
  • Pea-sized hail in St. Joseph
  • Dime-sized hail in Miltona, Douglas County
  • Dime-sized hail accumulated up to a quarter of inch in Aitkin County
  • Pea/dime-sized hail near Deerwood, Crow Wing County
  • Pea/dime-sized hail in Brainerd
  • 0.50-inch hail near Fort Ripley

The sun is expected to shine most of the day Tuesday and bring high temps in the mid-to-upper 60s across southern Minnesota. Unfortunately, the 70-degree potential is unlikely to be reached, and with cooler weather expected through the middle of the month, the Twin Cities will have to wait a while longer before hitting 70 for the first time in about six months (Oct. 9, 2019). 

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