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Thunderstorms, snow, tornadoes, flash freezes: National Weather Service says southwest Minnesota’s never seen a day like today

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If you think Wednesday’s weather is unusual for mid-December, you’re not alone. According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota’s never seen a day quite like today. Snow, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash freezes are all possible over the next day, with Redwood Falls being specified by the National Weather Service as one of the spots of particular interest.

An unprecedented outbreak of severe thunderstorms for this time of year is likely later today. A line of thunderstorms will race northwest across southern and eastern Minnesota into Wisconsin between 5 – 9 p.m.  Tornadoes and / or widespread wind damage from gusts of up to 80 mph will accompany the storms. The highest risk of severe thunderstorms is southeast of a line from Redwood Falls to Rush City.

Storms could be moving between 60 and 70 mph. Conditions will deteriorate quickly, and unless preparations are made ahead of time, it may be hard to take adequate shelter when storms approach.

Last but not least, plummeting temperatures overnight could result in a flash freeze, while accumulating snow is possible across western Minnesota.




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