First December Tornado Warnings on record issued for parts of Minnesota
There has never been a Tornado Warning in December for Minnesota until Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service says.
A line of severe storms made its way through the Midwest Wednesday, producing more than 70 tornado warnings.
The NWS in the Twin Cities says it is unprecedented to have watches and warnings so late in the year.
"We are now dealing with tornado watches and warnings in the state of Minnesota for the first time and probably recorded history in the month of December. It just speaks to how strong and abnormal this system is and how much warm air it was able to pull in here," NWS Twin Cities Meteorologist in Charge Daniel Hawblitzel says.
Hablitzel says that they're having quite the extreme weather lately in the state.
"Last week we had a foot, almost two feet of snow in places that's almost completely gone already. And now we're dealing with high wind and tornadoes over those same areas," Hablitzel says.
With the significant weather changes, he's hoping more people are paying attention to forecasts and warnings.
"It's so rare, and it's so uncommon, and it just goes to show just how seriously people need to take the storm."