Weather Service: Severe weather, flooding possible through Monday
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service expects a multi-day stormy period to begin this afternoon and last until early next week.
Several rounds of strong-to-severe thunderstorms and occasional heavy rain are expected. Forecasters say the timing and placement of the daily thunderstorm complexes that will build over the northern plains and spread over the Upper Mississippi Valley are uncertain at this time.
The storms could produce rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour, possibly leading to localized flooding. Citizens are urged to stay up to date on forecasts and weather statements through the weekend.
The main severe risks are damaging winds and large hail and possibly tornadoes, hail and winds over 60 mph.
Today’s local forecast for Willmar includes a 40-percent chance of storms and thunderstorms, mainly before 3 p.m. Partly sunny skies will bring a high temperatures of 85. South to southeast winds will blow 10 to 15 mph.
Storms are likely tonight between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. with a low temp of 68. The overnight chance of precipitation is 60 percent with rainfall between one half and three-quarters of an inch possible.
Friday’s forecast for Willmar includes a high of 86, a 40-percent chance of storms after 4 p.m. and southeast wind from 5 to 10 mph.