Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

"Particularly Dangerous Situation" tornado watch issued for much of AR

There is also the potential for a few tornadoes, and the "main timeframe of concern" is 2-10 p.m. Denton County is most likely to experience the storms between 3-6 p.m. If severe storms are possible Friday, the drills will be cancelled. In addition to the heavy snow, strong winds gusting between 40 to 50 miles per hour will bring the possibility of blizzard conditions to west central Minnesota.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. Friday for the counties of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Johnson, Lyon, Shawnee, Atchison, Doniphan, Jackson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wabaunsee, Brown, Douglas, Jefferson, Linn, Osage and Wyandotte.

"Strong southerly winds will continue today ahead of a cold front arriving later tonight", a NWS advisory says.

Locals are encouraged to watch and be prepared for severe weather. Colder air will begin to move into central Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening, changing the precipitation to snow across central and western Minnesota. Multiple rounds of severe storms are expected across this region. Large hail, thunderstorm winds of 60 miles per hour or higher along with isolated tornadoes are all possible.

Stearns County says tornadoes, straight-line winds, floods, lightning, hail, and heat are the greatest disaster risks for Stearns County residents.

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