MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Less than a week after the snowstorm made landfall on the Twin Cities subway, severe thunderstorms are forecast, including a possible tornado in December – something not yet recorded in Minnesota.
Meteorologist Chris Shaffer said Wednesday will start with drizzle and patchy fog, and temperatures will climb to 50s lows. There will also be strong winds in the afternoon. A wind alert has been issued for parts of central Minnesota and high wind warnings have been issued for most of southern Minnesota.
According to Shaffer, gusts of up to 60 mph are expected in southern Minnesota. “To put that in perspective, a Category 1 hurricane has a speed of 74 mph,” he said.
The evening hours will see the potential for storms, especially over central and southern Minnesota. There is a slight risk of severe weather in the Twin Cities and a slight risk of severe hurricanes for the rest of southern Minnesota. Threats include damaging winds and an isolated tornado.
“We have not yet” [a tornado] recorded in December,” said Shaffer. The last recorded tornado was on November 16, 1931.
According to Shaffer, strong winds on Wednesday night could blow away outdoor Christmas decorations. He said Minnesotans should consider bringing them indoors.
After the storm, Thursday will have a large cooldown, with temperatures dropping into the mid-20s. The aftermath of the storm could also bring snow to parts of western and northern Minnesota.
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