April 13, 2018 04:19 PM
The weather focus has been on the snowstorm expected to arrive in the Twin Cities Friday night into Saturday.
But before the snow arrives, parts of Minnesota have been dealing with severe thunderstorms.
Just after 9 a.m., the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities reported a severe thunderstorm moving east to northeast into Watonwan and Brown Counties. A tweet said wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and half-inch sized hail was possible.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for New Ulm MN, Sleepy Eye MN, Hanska MN until 9:15 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/Fx0b16EqAP— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) April 13, 2018
The NWS later tweeted that reports of pea-sized hail had been received from New Ulm. According to the St. Peter police department, a mix of wintry precipitation was falling there Friday morning.
The state patrol reported down power lines on Highway 75 in Rock County.
KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan said a thunderstorm was possible in parts of the south metro area around 2 p.m. Friday.
Of course, that's just a prelude to the approaching snow, which is already wreaking havoc on many plans for the weekend in the Twin Cities.
That includes at Coon Rapids High School, where the school confirmed that its prom, originally scheduled for Saturday night, has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It will still be held at International Market Square.
Visitation School in Mendota Heights also announced its prom, which was to be held this weekend, will be rescheduled.
And the Minnesota Twins announced their game with the Chicago White Sox, scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Friday at Target Field, has been postponed. It will be made up at a later date.
KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the changeover into snow is expected in the metro area by early evening Friday. He said a wintry mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet is expected to fall overnight Friday into Saturday.
A winter storm warning is set to go into effect for parts of the state at 7 p.m. Friday. Blizzard-like conditions and "severe winter travel conditions" are part of the warning.
By the start of next week, Barlow said most of the metro will receive snowfall accumulation in excess of 6 inches. Some parts of the metro could receive up to a foot of new snow by Sunday morning.
Barlow said in addition to snowfall Saturday, strong winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph, causing snow to drift. He advised those traveling through the state this weekend to use caution while driving.
Updated: April 13, 2018 04:19 PM
Created: April 13, 2018 10:31 AM
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