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Think about severe weather plan

Weather column: Severe weather awareness week takes place in Minnesota this year 

April 15-19. I know it has been hard to think about severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes when we still have all of this snow around Minnesota.

Things can change quickly this time of the year, however. As a result, it is time to start thinking about your severe weather plan. In the next few weeks I will have some tips to keep you and your family safe.

I know many around Minnesota and North Dakota are concerned about flooding this spring. Flood watches have already been posted for many rivers in the area. Hydrology experts are saying this could be a very bad year for residents along the Red River because of the prospects of a quick snow melt, and also if we start getting some heavy rainfall in the coming week.

Other areas of concern are for Montevideo and Granite Falls along the Minnesota River and for locations near Long Prairie and the Long Prairie River, and also for St. Cloud with the Sauk River and the Mississippi River.

We could see some additional moisture by Friday night into Saturday across the region. At this stage, it doesn’t look like a great deal of moisture will be associated with this disturbance.

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy the warmer temperatures--finally!

Weather history: On this date in 1946, a record of 78 degrees was set at Redwood Falls. The rest of Minnesota saw temperatures in the 60s and 70s as well!

Weather fact: A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur. In other words, a “watch” means watch out for what the weather could do, and “be ready to act accordingly.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 8 High 30

Duluth Low 16 High 36

Central Minn. Low 7 High 31

Twin Cities Low 17 High 38

Rochester Low 13 High 36

Marshall Low 13 High 37

Monday, March 25: Partly cloudy, morning fog possible. High 31 Low 15 Winds: Var. at 5 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 7:11 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:45 p.m.

Normal High: 41

Normal Low: 23

Temperatures will return to more seasonal readings by the weekend out ahead of our next weather system. A weak disturbance could bring some light rain and snow to the state by Friday night into Saturday.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with early morning fog possible. High 35 Low 22 Winds: Variable at 5 mph Prec. None

Friday: Partly cloudy early, 30-percent chance of light rain or snow mainly late. High 40 Low 27 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Prec.
Trace-.10”

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 40-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 42 Low 25 Winds: SE/NW 5-10 Prec. Trace-.20”

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow early. High 41 Low 24 Wind: Variable at 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.05”