Weather Forecast


Fast-moving storm brings rain, wind, some hail to Willmar, Minn., area

Intersections on streets in north Willmar filled with rain water at a rapid pace Wednesday as storm sewers could not keep up. This home is pictured at the intersection of Park Avenue Northwest and Ninth Street Northwest. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

WILLMAR -- The first severe thunderstorm of the season arrived Wednesday morning, bringing brief but heavy rain, along with scattered hail and strong winds.

Several west central Minnesota locations received up to an inch of rain during the storm, which rolled through Willmar at around 11 a.m.

At the Willmar Municipal Airport, just over 1 inch of rain was recorded in less than an hour and 1.18 inches at the Montevideo-Chippewa County Airport, according to information collected by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.

Water was pooling in the low spots of farm fields near Willmar and to the west. Several street intersections in Willmar were briefly flooded.

The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen also collected reports Wednesday morning of hail and strong winds in Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties in western Minnesota.

There was a report of half-inch hail four miles east-northeast of New London that came from a member of the public, according to the preliminary local storm report posted on the service's website. A trained spotter reported 1-inch hail 12 miles southwest of New London. And a county official in Chippewa County reported three-quarter-inch hail two miles southeast of Watson.

A wind gust of 62 mph was recorded at 11:15 a.m. by the automated weather station at the airport in Willmar, according to the National Weather Service preliminary report. A gust of 58 mph and minor damage to tree branches was reported by a trained spotter 12 miles southwest of New London.

The Tribune's Facebook followers shared rainfall reports from their locations. A follower in Spicer reported a half-inch of rain. Totals in Willmar ranged from 0.85 inches in Horizon Hills north of town to 1 inch in the Pleasant View neighborhood on the southeast side of town. Just east of Pennock, a total of 1.75 inches was recorded.