Forecast First Alert: Severe storms possible Tuesday, flash flooding continues to be a risk

Tornado Watch in effect, severe T-Storms possible tonight in Twin Cities

Tornado Watch in effect, severe T-Storms possible tonight in Twin Cities

Tuesday has been deemed a Forecast First Alert Day by Minnesota’s Weather Authority due to the risk of flooding across the region and the possibility of strong or severe storms later in the day.

Severe storms with hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall are expected anywhere from 5-11 p.m., with the Twin Cities area most likely seeing storms between 6-9 p.m. Although storms may form between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., those aren’t expected to be severe, although some downpours are possible. Storms are then likely to end during the early morning hours on Wednesday.

An additional 1-3″ of rain may fall on Tuesday, however, some areas could see higher totals. In addition, Tuesday’s storms may bring large hail and damaging winds in some parts of the state.

Storms rolled through the Twin Cities early Monday morning, and after a mid-day break, more developed in the afternoon and evening. The morning storms caused some Minnesotans to lose power. You can find a list of utility providers and links to their website by CLICKING HERE.

On Sunday night, Carver County officials said Highway 123 would be closed between Watertown and Mayer starting Monday due to flooding. Drivers won’t be able use travel north of Highway 7 on Highway 123. Drivers are being asked to find other routes.

Minnetonka officials say the water level on Lake Minnetonka is close to the spilling point over the Gray’s Bay Damp Spillway, and the rising creek may cause flooding in some areas along Minnehaha Creek. City officials said late Sunday night the lake level is at 929.68 feet – an increase from Saturday’s 929.48 feet, adding water can move into the Gray’s Bay Damp Spillway at 930 feet.

Early Monday morning, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Wisconsin 35/70 was closed in both directions between Bradley and Main streets in Siren due to flooding. However, that closure was lifted late Monday evening.

Drivers are reminded to not drive around barricades or into flooded areas, since 6″ of water can cause most passenger cars to stall. In addition, a foot of water can float many vehicles, and two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles, including pick-up trucks and SUVs.

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While Wednesday is expected to be dry, additional rain may fall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Make sure to follow Minnesota’s Weather Authority for the latest on flooding in the region. The latest forecast can be found by CLICKING HERE.