November weather: Thunder, rain, hail and high winds

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It's been kind of a weird weather day in Minnesota, with some thunder and lightning moving through the southern and eastern parts of the state Wednesday evening - along with some hail and rain.

It's going to get really unpleasant later in the evening as this strong storm system moves through and brings heavy rain and very gusty winds.

High-wind warnings and advisories have been posted for parts of western and southern Minnesota for Wednesday night, with some gusts expected at up to 60 mph.

Some heavy downpours and bouts of hail fell late Wednesday afternoon, with another wave moving through later in the evening.

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The storm system brought the threat of tornadoes to Iowa, where several funnel clouds were sighted and at least one twister reportedly touched down, causing some damage.

FOX 9 says we can expect to see 1 to 2 inches of heavy rain, and gusty northwest winds up to 40 mph. Overnight temperatures will be in the 30s and low 40s.

The storm itself is very similar to the Armistice Day Blizzard, which swept through Minnesota on Nov. 11, 1941, which dumped 1-2 feet of snow across much of the Upper Midwest, taking the lives of 154 people, including 49 Minnesotans, many of whom were hunters trapped by the sudden change in weather.

The strength of the low-pressure system and the path it’s expected to take are the same as the big blizzard from 70 years ago.

But we won’t have to deal with 25 inches of snow because our temperatures are much warmer than in 1940 – that’s why there’s only rain (and maybe a few snowflakes) in the forecast. Plus the storm system is much more compact and is moving much faster than the Armistice Day blizzard did.

Thursday will be a raw day, with cloudy skies and strong northwest winds gusting to 30-45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. But the weekend looks like it will be much nicer, with sunshine and highs 10 to 15 degrees above normal for the middle of November.

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