If road construction and rush hour traffic weren’t enough of a recipe for a long Monday commute home, Mother Nature may be ready to throw another wrench into the works.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Monday, including a slight to moderate risk of severe weather (intense storms, high winds, hail and even flash flooding) for the Twin Cities.
Radar indicated heavy rain and lightning moving into the Willmar are around noon Monday, May 15. That storm front is expected to proceed north and west. With the front extending down into Iowa, the Twin Cities are going to be impacted some time today, weather experts said.
Here’s the statement from the NWS:
DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight Thunderstorms will continue to develop through this afternoon then push off to the east early this evening. Another round of thunderstorms is expected during the early morning hours, possibly into daybreak Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms will be possible, mainly over southern Minnesota this afternoon and evening, then across central and southern Minnesota into western Wisconsin overnight. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary hazards but an isolated tornado may also develop. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday Several rounds of thunderstorms are expected Tuesday through Wednesday. Some thunderstorms may be severe Tuesday through Wednesday. Heavy rainfall is also possible along with flash flooding. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SKYWARN spotter activation may be needed this (Monday) afternoon into early evening and again overnight tonight.