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Posted: Jun 17, 2021 6:48 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 6:03 AM

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Areas Affected: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Clayton; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 276 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 8 COUNTIES IN NORTH CENTRAL IOWA FLOYD MITCHELL IN NORTHEAST IOWA ALLAMAKEE CHICKASAW CLAYTON FAYETTE HOWARD WINNESHIEK IN MINNESOTA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA FILLMORE HOUSTON MOWER OLMSTED WABASHA WINONA IN WISCONSIN THIS WATCH INCLUDES 12 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN ADAMS CLARK JUNEAU IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN CRAWFORD GRANT RICHLAND VERNON IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN BUFFALO JACKSON LA CROSSE MONROE TREMPEALEAU THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALMA, ARCADIA, AUSTIN, BLACK RIVER FALLS, CALEDONIA, CHARLES CITY, CRESCO, DECORAH, ELKADER, FRIENDSHIP, LA CROSSE, MAUSTON, NEILLSVILLE, NEW HAMPTON, OELWEIN, OSAGE, PLATTEVILLE, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, PRESTON, RICHLAND CENTER, ROCHESTER, SPARTA, TOMAH, VIROQUA, WABASHA, WAUKON, WHITEHALL, AND WINONA.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Webster; Worth; Wright

NWS Storm Prediction Center (Storm Prediction Center - Norman, Oklahoma)
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 276 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS IA . IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ALLAMAKEE BLACK HAWK BREMER BUTLER CERRO GORDO CHICKASAW CLAYTON FAYETTE FLOYD FRANKLIN GRUNDY HAMILTON HANCOCK HARDIN HOWARD HUMBOLDT MITCHELL WEBSTER WINNESHIEK WORTH WRIGHT

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Brown; Dakota; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; Martin; Nicollet; Rice; Scott; Sibley; Steele; Waseca; Watonwan

NWS Storm Prediction Center (Storm Prediction Center - Norman, Oklahoma)
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 277 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 AM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS MN . MINNESOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BLUE EARTH BROWN DAKOTA FARIBAULT FREEBORN GOODHUE LE SUEUR MARTIN NICOLLET RICE SCOTT SIBLEY STEELE WASECA WATONWAN

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Areas Affected: Dodge

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 276 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING IN MINNESOTA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA DODGE THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF DODGE CENTER.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Areas Affected: Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 276 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 8 COUNTIES IN NORTH CENTRAL IOWA FLOYD MITCHELL IN NORTHEAST IOWA ALLAMAKEE CHICKASAW CLAYTON FAYETTE HOWARD WINNESHIEK IN MINNESOTA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA FILLMORE HOUSTON MOWER OLMSTED WABASHA WINONA IN WISCONSIN THIS WATCH INCLUDES 12 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN ADAMS CLARK JUNEAU IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN CRAWFORD GRANT RICHLAND VERNON IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN BUFFALO JACKSON LA CROSSE MONROE TREMPEALEAU THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALMA, ARCADIA, AUSTIN, BLACK RIVER FALLS, CALEDONIA, CHARLES CITY, CRESCO, DECORAH, ELKADER, FRIENDSHIP, LA CROSSE, MAUSTON, NEILLSVILLE, NEW HAMPTON, OELWEIN, OSAGE, PLATTEVILLE, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, PRESTON, RICHLAND CENTER, ROCHESTER, SPARTA, TOMAH, VIROQUA, WABASHA, WAUKON, WHITEHALL, AND WINONA.

 

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STATEWIDE REPORTS: Minnesota | Iowa

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an ENHANCED RISK (3/5) for most of the area Thursday, with a SLIGHT RISK (2/5) for the US-14 corridor in Minnesota like Rochester and Dodge Center. All modes of severe weather will be possible. 

  • The threat for hail is rather large, with hail up to 2" in diameter possible, and even still severe but smaller hail relatively likely. The threat for hail decreases slightly overnight. 
  • The threat for tornadoes is rising. The best time for isolated tornadoes is likely between 6-10pm in north Iowa and far Southeast Minnesota. 
  • The threat for strong wind is moderate to high depending on where you are. There will be a chance for isolated accounts of 60mph winds in strong storms this afternoon, but the risk for wind rises above 75mph (hurricane force) in far Northeast Iowa later this evening as storms become more organized.
  • Isolated accounts of flooding will be possible in areas where thunderstorms roll over the same area continuously. Dry soil could even act hydrophobic and not absorb water quick enough in rain showers that are especially intense.

Here's a better time line of the threats.

  • 3-7pm: Isolated storms begin popping up, potentially quickly becoming severe. Hail will be the big threat here as dew points approach the mid 70s. There will be plenty of energy at the surface today to get strong storms and rain showers, and the upper atmosphere is primed for big hailstones. The tornado threat gradually increases towards 7pm.
  • 6-9pm: Storms may slow down as temps gradually cool, but any storms that do exist have a great potential for hail and heavy rain, and the best chance for tornadoes of the day. Clouds will fall much closer to the ground during this time, potentially making tornadoes easier. To clarify, the threat for tornadoes is rather low, but is highest at this point in the day.
  • 9pm-12am: Storms are likely to become more organized late this evening, potentially even into a small squall of thunderstorms with particularly intense winds. These storms would be brief, but could pack a punch in terms of wind and rain.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 615923

Reported Deaths: 7776
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1279061807
Ramsey53670911
Dakota47738479
Anoka43706466
Washington27959298
Stearns22889227
St. Louis18436321
Scott17835139
Wright16676153
Olmsted13691104
Sherburne1222596
Carver1085749
Rice8349112
Clay831892
Blue Earth775544
Crow Wing695099
Kandiyohi676485
Chisago633255
Otter Tail594687
Benton590998
Goodhue489774
Douglas482081
Mower481134
Winona468552
Itasca466068
Isanti448967
McLeod438761
Morrison431362
Beltrami414763
Nobles412850
Steele404219
Polk392273
Becker391257
Lyon367754
Carlton358958
Freeborn356835
Pine339723
Nicollet336145
Mille Lacs317456
Brown310140
Le Sueur302928
Todd291233
Cass290633
Meeker269344
Waseca244223
Martin238833
Roseau213021
Wabasha20963
Hubbard200041
Dodge19393
Renville184746
Redwood179741
Houston178116
Cottonwood168324
Wadena166023
Fillmore162910
Faribault158420
Chippewa154838
Pennington154320
Kanabec148629
Sibley148310
Aitkin140637
Watonwan13709
Rock130519
Jackson123912
Pipestone117326
Yellow Medicine115620
Pope11477
Murray108010
Swift107818
Koochiching96919
Stevens93011
Clearwater90017
Marshall89618
Lake85421
Wilkin84813
Lac qui Parle76222
Big Stone6144
Grant5958
Lincoln5903
Mahnomen5679
Norman5539
Unassigned51393
Kittson49522
Red Lake4037
Traverse3865
Lake of the Woods3514
Cook1760

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 380378

Reported Deaths: 6132
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk59750647
Linn21796343
Scott20698251
Black Hawk17114320
Woodbury15528230
Johnson1490486
Dubuque13670215
Dallas1161499
Pottawattamie11500177
Story1102148
Warren599092
Cerro Gordo569498
Clinton568194
Webster556499
Sioux521974
Muscatine4995106
Marshall496779
Des Moines494678
Jasper460373
Wapello4436124
Buena Vista434540
Lee414859
Plymouth407182
Marion380178
Henry304637
Jones302657
Bremer296963
Carroll288952
Boone277435
Crawford277341
Benton266155
Washington263251
Dickinson252246
Mahaska237551
Jackson226443
Kossuth223866
Clay218327
Delaware215743
Tama215272
Winneshiek201537
Buchanan199934
Page196422
Cedar195423
Hardin194744
Wright193640
Fayette191643
Hamilton191451
Harrison183773
Clayton174558
Butler171935
Madison170119
Floyd166342
Mills166224
Cherokee163338
Lyon161541
Poweshiek160136
Allamakee157452
Hancock155434
Iowa151224
Winnebago147931
Calhoun146113
Cass142855
Grundy141333
Jefferson138235
Emmet137741
Sac133920
Shelby133238
Louisa131749
Franklin131423
Union130135
Appanoose129849
Humboldt127526
Mitchell127343
Chickasaw127117
Guthrie126432
Palo Alto116024
Montgomery107138
Howard106222
Clarke104024
Monroe102333
Keokuk100932
Ida96135
Adair90732
Davis89825
Pocahontas87622
Monona87031
Greene80611
Osceola79617
Lucas79523
Worth7768
Decatur6729
Taylor67112
Fremont65310
Van Buren57818
Ringgold57524
Wayne57123
Audubon54014
Adams3594
Unassigned80
Rochester
Cloudy
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
Mason City
Mostly Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 71°
Albert Lea
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
Austin
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 68°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 70°
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