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heavy snow by midmorning; 3-8" in twin cities by tonight


snowflakes have started to fall in the south and southwest metro, the first sign of a winter storm that will bring heavy snow to parts of the twin cities and a large portion of southern minnesota later monday morning and into the afternoon.already, large school districts such as burnsville, prior lake, rosemount-apple valley-eagan and south washington county have called off classes monday ahead of the storm that is expected to intensify throughout the day and bring rapidly deteriorating road conditions, as a few inches to more than a foot of snow will fall from the twin cities and points to the south, the national weather service said.dozens of school districts outside the metro also canceled classes monday, including albert lea, mankato, rochester and winona.a blizzard warning was in effe






heavy snow expected to start tonight in twin cities; 3-8 inches possible


a looming winter storm is expected to arrive beginning late sunday across a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area, according to the latest forecast.the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen issued an updated forecast late sunday morning calling for anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate starting from sunday night and stretching into the monday evening commute in the twin cities.zeroing in a little tighter on the twin cities area, the weather service is looking for roughly 3 inches of snow in the northwest metro and 6 to 8 inches in the southeast metro.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants. “wind gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drif






heavy snow expected to start tonight in twin cities; 3-8 inches possible


a looming winter storm is expected to arrive beginning late sunday across a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area, according to the latest forecast.the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen issued an updated forecast late sunday morning calling for anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate starting from sunday night and stretching into the monday evening commute in the twin cities.zeroing in a little tighter on the twin cities area, the weather service is looking for roughly 3 inches of snow in the northwest metro and 6 to 8 inches in the southeast metro.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants. "wind gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drif






heavy snow expected to start tonight in twin cities; over half-foot possible


a looming winter storm is expected to arrive beginning late sunday across a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area, forecasters said sunday.the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen issued an updated forecast calling for anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate starting from sunday night and stretching into the monday evening commute in the twin cities.zeroing in a little tighter on the twin cities area, the weather service is looking for roughly 2 inches of snow in the northwest metro and 6 to 8 inches in the southeast metro.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants. “wind gusts as high as 35 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drifting snow,” the weather service






ready, set, snow: slush likely to slow morning commute in twin cities


expect slush, morning commuters.slush, snow — even heavy snow at times — and some downright cold weather compared to what twin cities residents have been accustomed to for the past few weeks.the forecast hasn’t changed much in the past 24 hours: the snow will start falling in the wee hours friday morning and continue until midmorning in the north, or until midafternoon as the band of snow moves south.in downtown minneapolis and points eastward, the total accumulation will be only about an inch. in the north and west metro, it could be 2 to 4 inches.the minnesota department of transportation already has been out on the major freeways, pre-treating the roads.but there will still be slippery spots, especially on bridges and during the morning rush hour. in southern minnesota, limited visibili






southern minnesota braces for heavy snowfall, blizzard conditions


heavy snow and strong winds will persist throughout monday during a winter storm that's expected to strike a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area.the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen is predicting anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate, likely stretching into the evening commute in the twin cities.zeroing in a little tighter on the twin cities area, the nws is predicting roughly 3 inches of snow in the northwest metro and 6 to 8 inches in the southeast metro.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants. "wind gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drifting snow," the nws said in a statement sunday.for points south, expect even more snow an






heavy snow expected to start falling tonight in the twin cities


a looming winter storm is expected to arrive beginning late sunday across a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area, forecasters said sunday.the national weather service in chanhassen issued an updated forecast calling for anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow to accumulate starting from sunday night and stretching into the monday evening commute in the twin cities.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants. "wind gusts as high as 35 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drifting snow," the weather service said in a statement issued shortly before 4 a.m. sunday.for points south, folks there should see even more snow and more robust winds, according to the nws.a blizzard warning has been posted for much of sou






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


inhabitants of the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the wide range of about actual snowfall totals in the metro notwithstanding, “the friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted,” the weather servic






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


inhabitants of the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the wide range of about actual snowfall totals in the metro notwithstanding, “the friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted,” the weather servic






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


inhabitants of the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the wide range of about actual snowfall totals in the metro notwithstanding, “the friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted,” the weather servic






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


inhabitants of the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the wide range of about actual snowfall totals in the metro notwithstanding, “the friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted,” the weather servic






some schools closing ahead of heavy snowfall


a winter storm will smack the twin cities on monday with heavy snow and strong winds that are expected to hit the south metro and a broad swath of southern minnesota especially hard.a dozen school districts in the south metro canceled monday classes. many in southern minnesota and a handful in western wisconsin followed suit.for many districts and schools, this is the winter’s first snow day.“travel will be very difficult sometime around noon and sending students home early is not a good option,” said jay haugen, superintendent of the farmington district. “better not to bring them in the first place.”the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen is predicting anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate, likely stretching into the evening commute in the twin






some schools already closing as they brace for heavy snowfall


heavy snow and strong winds will persist throughout monday during a winter storm that’s expected to strike a broad swath of southern minnesota, including the twin cities area.sunday night, three school districts, rosemount-apple valley-eagan, albert lea and blooming prairie, had already canceled monday classes because of the storm.the national weather service (nws) in chanhassen is predicting anywhere from a few inches to more than a half-foot of snow to accumulate, likely stretching into the evening commute in the twin cities.zeroing in a little tighter on the twin cities area, the nws is predicting roughly 3 inches of snow in the northwest metro and 6 to 8 inches in the southeast metro.one additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants






record high today before twin cities weather swiftly turns wintry


many twin cities residents awoke monday to temperatures in the 50s and set off to work, school or some holiday shopping under a lights-out blanket of clouds.by afternoon, those same folk are poised to encounter winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour, rain and then memory-jarring cold and snow, according to the national weather service (nws).“we’ve got it all today,” nws meteorologist eric ahasic said from the agency’s offices in chanhassen. “it’s a busy one.”snowblower or no was still difficult to size up as of late monday morning, when the record high of 56 for the twin cities was tied and sure to be exceeded. ahasic said he’s “only looking at a heavy dusting [of snow] to maybe an inch or 2.”however, timing appears to be the key factor on how active the traffic annoyance meter becomes, given th






storm to take southerly track - msp metro advisory for couple inches - blizzard


12z gfs run. both ecmwf and gfs have generally had the right idea with this (alleged) storm, keeping the heaviest snow bands south and east of the twin cities. latest guidance is pushing the heavy snow even farther south, to the point where the immediate metro area may only pick up a couple inches of wet snow: coating - 1" far northern suburbs, maybe 3-4" far southern suburbs where a plowable accumulation is still possible. over 10" may fall from austin and albert lea to rochester, winona and la crosse. so close...winter storm weather advisory now posted for msp metro - blizzard warnings southern minnesota. the local nws office has dialed back the watch to an advisory for the immediate metro area, but travel over southern minnesota will still be very treacherous later tonight into friday w






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


folk in the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the first shot at rain could come around 7 p.m. thursday, with a rain and snow mix within a couple of hours after that, the nws is reporting. the storm will shift to all snow after 9 p.m. a






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


folk in the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the first shot at rain could come around 7 p.m. thursday, with a rain and snow mix within a couple of hours after that, the nws is reporting. the storm will shift to all snow after 9 p.m. a






4-12 inches of snow in forecast for twin cities, but stay tuned


after yet another balmy february day featuring the metro area’s fifth record high in the past six days, minnesotans were switching back to their heavy winter coats to prepare for a major snowstorm expected to move in thursday and last well into friday.late wednesday, a blizzard watch was in effect for those days for much of southwestern minnesota, including pipestone, fairmont and mankato. a slightly less dire winter storm watch covered a broad swath of south-central and southeastern minnesota, including willmar, st. cloud, the twin cities, rochester and red wing and moving northeast into western wisconsin. the national weather service in chanhassen said the watches could be upgraded to warnings overnight.the heaviest snowfall — up to 18 inches — is possible southwest of the metro, includi






half-foot or more of snow aiming for parts of twin cities; more to south


folk in the twin cities and other parts of minnesota, whose balmy respite is quickly becoming a distant memory, are hours away from a storm that could leave behind a foot or more of snow by friday evening.as of thursday morning, the national weather service is saying that the south and east metro are in for at least 6 to 8 inches of snow, while other parts of the twin cities are in line for lesser amounts.for example, the weather service said, the southeastern suburb of cottage grove is likely to see up to 9 or so inches of snow, while forest lake in the northeast metro can anticipate closer to 3 inches.the first shot at rain could come before 10 p.m. thursday, with a rain and snow mix within a couple of hours after that, the nws is reporting. the storm will shift to all snow after midnigh






record high today before twin cities weather swiftly turns wintry


many twin cities residents awoke monday to temperatures in the 50s and set off to work, school or some holiday shopping under a lights-out blanket of clouds.by afternoon, those same folk are poised to encounter winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour, rain and then memory-jarring cold and snow, according to the national weather service (nws).“we’ve got it all today,” nws meteorologist eric ahasic said from the agency’s offices in chanhassen. “it’s a busy one.”snowblower or no was still difficult to size up as of late monday morning, when the record high of 56 for the twin cities was tied and sure to be exceeded. ahasic said he’s “only looking at a heavy dusting [of snow] to maybe an inch or 2.”however, timing appears to be the key factor on how active the traffic annoyance meter becomes, given th






heavy snow likely to miss the twin cities, weather service now says


residents in the metro area may not need their snowblowers after all, but the word from the national weather service is to stay tuned.a storm moving into the upper midwest wednesday night and thursday will produce two bands of heavy snow, but once again it appears the metro area will not be in the bull’s-eye. amounts of 2 to 5 inches are expected along a line from fergus falls to bemidji while 5 to 8 inches are likely in an area from albert lea to red wing to rice lake, wis., just missing the twin cities, said meteorologist jacob beitlich with the weather service’s chanhassen office.“everything this year seems to be right on the metro area boundary, and as luck would have it this storm is no different,” he said.the twin cities along with places such as mankato, willmar and st. cloud could






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still 70,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning.sunday morning’s storms came with heavy rain, thunder, and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing various degrees of property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m., “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, going from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first injuries in the twin cities surfaced in st. pa






updated forecast calls for 8 to 12 inches of snow in twin cities


after yet another balmy february day featuring the metro area’s fifth record high in the past six days, minnesotans were switching back to their heavy winter coats to prepare for a major snowstorm expect to move in thursday and last well into friday.late wednesday, a blizzard watch was in effect for those days for much of southwestern minnesota, including pipestone, fairmount and mankato. a slightly less dire winter storm watch covered a broad swath of south-central and southeastern minnesota, including willmar, st. cloud, the twin cities, rochester and red wing and moving northeast into western wisconsin. the national weather service in chanhassen said the watches could be upgraded to warnings overnight.the heaviest snowfall — 12 to 18 inches — is possible in the southwestern part of the






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still 70,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, with heavy rain, thunder, strong winds ripping down trees and causing various degrees of property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow, various government agencies reported.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m., “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis was pitched into darkness amid storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, going from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first injuries in the twin cities surfa






say it ain't snow: flakes are in the forecast tonight


summer lovers who basked in glorious 70- and 80-degree warmth over the weekend are likely to be chilled by monday’s forecast.snow will make a return to the twin cities late monday night into tuesday, and there may even be enough turn some lawns white. the greatest potential for accumulating snow will be to the north and east of the metro in places such as cambridge and across the border in amery and luck in wisconsin where a couple of inches could pile up, aid rick hiltbrand of the national weather service in chanhassen.it all goes to show just how fickle april can be.shorts and flip-flops were the attire of choice for many over the weekend as minnesotans enjoyed the warmest temperatures of the year in the metro as the mercury hit 73 degrees on saturday and 72 on sunday. it was even warmer






say it isn't snow: flakes are in the forecast tonight


summer lovers who basked in glorious 70- and 80-degree warmth over the weekend are likely to be chilled by monday’s forecast.snow will make a return to the twin cities late monday night into tuesday, and there may even be enough turn some lawns white. the greatest potential for accumulating snow will be to the north and east of the metro in places such as cambridge and across the border in amery and luck in wisconsin where a couple of inches could pile up, aid rick hiltbrand of the national weather service in chanhassen.it all goes to show just how fickle april can be.shorts and flip-flops were the attire of choice for many over the weekend as minnesotans enjoyed the warmest temperatures of the year in the metro as the mercury hit 73 degrees on saturday and 72 on sunday. it was even warmer






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, leaving 130,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, with heavy rain, thunder, strong winds ripping down trees and causing various degrees of property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow, various government agencies reported.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m., “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis was pitched into darkness amid storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, going from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first injuries in the twin cities surfa






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, leaving 130,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, with heavy rain, thunder, strong winds ripping down trees and causing various degrees of property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow, various government agencies reported.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m., "it's nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!"within minutes, downtown minneapolis was pitched into darkness amid storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, going from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first injuries in the twin cities surfa






heavy snow will miss twin cities, but arctic blast will not


metro area residents can once again stand down. a storm poised to bring heavy snow to minnesota thursday morning will slide just to the south and east.but it will be a very near miss. places as close as red wing, hastings and portions of dakota county could see up to 7 inches of snow while lesser amounts will blanket the near-bare ground in rest of the seven-county metro area, said shawn devinny, a meteorologist with the national weather service in chanhassen.cities such as albert lea, rochester and eau claire, wis., are in line for the heaviest snowfalls.but even the 3 inches predicted for the twin cities could foul the morning commute. a light band of drizzle ahead of the storm currently located in four corners area — the spot where arizona, new mexico, utah and colorado meet — will arri






thunderstorms in twin cities tonight - and snow on monday?


after a weekend of balmy april temperatures, how about some snow for your merry monday?rain and possible thunderstorms with hail are predicted before 2 p.m. monday. after that, temperatures falling to about 36 will change the rain into wet snow flurries, with accumulations of less than a half-inch possible, according to the national weather service. winds out the north could gust to 25 miles per hour.temperatures will then start to rise again, with a predicted high of 52 on tuesday, and 60s later in the week.staff report






clipper brings 1-2" of snow - colder (again) by tuesday


the domebuster snow: 7 years latersunday and monday marks the fifth largest snowstorm in twin cities history, when 17.1" of snow fell at the twin cities airport in 2010. you may remember this system as the one that busted the metrodome roof.here's a look at the snowfall map from that system. over the two days, the largest snow total came from the winona dam, where 23" of snow fell. again, 17.1" of snow fell at the msp airport (which was closed for four hours), with 16.3" of that falling on the 11th, marking a new record for the day. you can read more about the storm from the minnesota state climatology department and the twin cities national weather service._______________________________________________buffalo snow bowllake effect snow made sunday's football game between indianapolis and






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still 70,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning and the national weather service warned sunday afternoon that more severe weather was on its way.about 4 p.m., the weather service tweeted that "showers and thunderstorms are beginning to redevelop from east-central minnesota to southwestern minnesota [and] will likely strengthen as they progress eastward."damaging winds and large hail are the main threats," the agency said. "an isolated tornado is also possible."sunday morning's storms came with heavy rain, thunder, and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing various degrees of property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow, various government agencies reported.the metro area office of the nation






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still 70,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m.: “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first storm-related injuries surfaced in st. paul, where the fire department said a storm-damaged tree






12k still lack power after 'nasty' storm hits twin cities, other parts of state


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m.: “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.xcel energy’s tally of customers in minnesota without electricity topped 130,000 sunday morning, with the






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still 70,000 without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m.: "it's nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!"within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first storm-related injuries surfaced in st. paul, where the fire department said a storm-damaged tree






'nasty' storm hits twin cities, still thousands without power


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m.: “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.the first storm-related injuries surfaced in st. paul, where the fire department said a storm-damaged tree






20k still lack power after 'nasty' storm hits twin cities, other parts of state


a powerful thunderstorm raced into the twin cities from the west sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage.hail in many twin cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.the metro area office of the national weather service (nws) said in a tweet about 8:35 a.m.: “it’s nasty here at the office in chanhassen right now. take cover in the twin cities now!!!!”within minutes, downtown minneapolis experienced dark green storm clouds, heavy rain and the peppering of hail. the twin cities temperature plunged as the storm rolled in, from 75 degrees at 8 a.m. to barely 60 two hours later, the nws said.crews have restored power to roughly 145,000 xcel energy customers since the storm hit, with the west metr






twin cities temps are plunging after a day of snowfall


a fresh big chill moved into minnesota thursday night on the heels of a sloppy storm that dropped a couple of inches of snow in the metro area and far more to the north and southeast.the snow is over with for the next couple of days in the twin cities metro area, with bright sunshine to illuminate the fresh snow. but the warmth will be an illusion as temperatures stay in the single digits by day and fall below zero by night, according to the national weather service in chanhassen. and brisk winds will make it feel even colder.friday and saturday will be sunny and cold, with a high around 5 degrees and wind chill values as low as 23 below, the weather service said. friday night's low will be around 11 below.by sunday, snow may return, especially in the afternoon, dropping an inch of so on t