Tornadoes Included in Severe Weather Threat Saturday in Southeast Minnesota
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The southeast Minnesota region could experience severe weather Saturday afternoon, including the possibility of tornadoes.
The National Weather Service in LaCrosse is forecasting temperatures to climb into the 50s Saturday, and the possibility of strong to severe storms across the area.
Some of the storms along and south of Interstate 90 could become severe from mid-afternoon into the evening. The main threats will be damaging winds, isolated large hail, and a few tornadoes.
Rain and a wintry mix of precipitation are possible Saturday night as the temperature falls into the upper-20s. Highs are forecasted to reach the mid-30s on Sunday.
If temperatures do reach the mid-50s, it would be the warmest day in Rochester since December 15th when the city's official temperature was 64 degrees, which tied for the warmest December day on record.
The warm weather also produced the first tornado ever recorded in Minnesota in December. In fact, ten tornadoes were confirmed in southeast Minnesota as a result of what the National Weather Service called a Derecho storm event.