Severe Weather Possible in Rochester, Southeast MN Tuesday
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The National Weather Service is tracking another major spring storm that could bring severe thunderstorms to the Rochester area and potentially dangerous winter weather to other parts of Minnesota.
Tuesday morning’s forecast indicates most of southeast Minnesota, including the cities of Rochester, Austin, Winona and Wabasha are in a level two risk for severe storms. The timing of the potential severe weather ranges from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Forecasters say the storm system’s primary threats are large hail and damaging winds. There’s also a secondary threat for the storm to produce tornadoes. The central-Iowa area at the highest risk for severe storms, less than a week after severe weather already ripped through that region.
Communities to the north and west of the Rochester region are being told to brace for a potential round of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that spans from the southwest corner of the state to east-central Minnesota.
The advisory includes the cities of Marshall, Willmar, St. Cloud and Hinkley. Counties in northern Minnesota are in a Winter Storm Warning while areas of western Minnesota and the eastern portion of the Dakotas are in a Blizzard Warning.