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Minnesota Weather: Storm System Could Bring Minnesota’s 1st December Tornado

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Less than a week after a snowstorm hit the Twin Cities metro, severe thunderstorms are in the forecast, including a possible December tornado — something that’s yet to be recorded in Minnesota.

Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says Wednesday will start off with patchy drizzle and fog, and temperatures will climb into the low 50s. The afternoon will also bring strong winds. A wind advisory has been issued for part of central Minnesota and a high wind warning has been issued for most of southern Minnesota.

According to Shaffer, gusts up to 60 mph are expected in southern Minnesota. “To put that in perspective, a category 1 hurricane is 74 mph,” he said.

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The evening hours will bring a chance of storms, particularly in central and southern Minnesota. There is a marginal risk of severe weather in the Twin Cities and a slight risk of severe storms for the rest of southern Minnesota. The threats include damaging winds and a isolated tornadoes.

“We haven’t had [a tornado] on record in the month of December,” Shaffer said. The latest tornado on record was on Nov. 16, 1931.

According to Shaffer, the strong winds Wednesday night could blow away outdoor Christmas decorations. He says Minnesotans should consider bringing them inside.

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After the storm, Thursday will bring a big cooldown, with temperatures dropping into the mid-20s. The backend of the storm could also bring snow to parts of western and northern Minnesota.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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