Strong winds knock down scaffolding at Vikings stadium site


The winds were blowing so strongly Sunday afternoon that they brought down part of the scaffolding at the construction site of the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Traffic on 5th Street, which runs near the site, is blocked off. FOX 9 reports that no vehicles were struck by the scaffolding and there are no apparent injuries.

Fifth street was planned to be closed anyway, beginning Monday, due to the construction work.

We can expect the windy weather to continue through the rest of Sunday throughout Minnesota, before mild weather returns to the state for the work week.

Gusty northwest winds will reach 20-30 mph Sunday, with gusts as high as 40-50 mph southwest of the Twin Cities, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory for much of the state.

Wind speeds this high could make for difficult driving conditions, the weather service notes, and could also lead to power outages and flight delays, AccuWeather reports.

Some light rain fell Sunday morning in southeastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, as well as western Wisconsin.

April showers bring May flowers

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s Sunday in the metro, while temperatures will warm through middle of the week.

Dry conditions are expected for the start of the work week as temperatures continue to rise, AccuWeather notes. Expect the mid-50s by Tuesday.

The normal high for this time of year in Minneapolis is about 48 degrees, reports say.

No fooling: It could reach the high 60s by Wednesday, April 1, in the metro area, the weather service notes, with the southwestern part of the state close to breaking 70 degrees. (See map above.)

But expect some April showers – thunderstorms are in the forecast for the start of the month, Accuweather says, but aren't expected to be severe.

The rainy weather is good news for Minnesota. Most of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions.

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