Conditions are right for the first possible severe storms of this season in southeastern Minnesota. A Tornado Watch is out until 8 PM for southeastern MN including some southeastern suburbs of the Twin Cities. It’s a classic spring storm set up across the region with temps in the 30s in western Minnesota & 60s in southeastern Minnesota where sun popped out & dew points are in the 50s (humid by March standards). A warm front is stretched across Nebraska into northern Iowa & dividing southern Minnesota. While we sit in the 40s temps are in the 70s across Iowa.
Warm fronts tend to be our favored tornado set up in this part of the country (rather than fast moving cold fronts). Storms are already firing and moving northeast from Iowa. Anytime between now and 7-8 pm severe storms are possible. Hail & high wind gusts will the primary threat in some storms but tornadoes are possible given the conditions.
As of 4:25 p.m., there were a pair of tornado warnings issued in Minnesota, including Dakota, Scott and Rice counties - and in Le Sueur and Waseca counties. Both tornadoes were radar-indicated and moving northeast at 50 mph.
Meanwhile, western & northern Minnesota can expect 3”-7” of snow with some spots on the iron range seeing up to 10” into tonight. Winter storm warnings are posted there and winter weather advisories across central & southwestern Minnesota.