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Minneapolis, Minnesota to San Antonio, Texas

Today we embark on a 1,251-mile road trip, from our home base here in Minneapolis down to San Antonio. This would be a pretty feasible road trip for me, since I have several relatives that live in San Antonio as well as Austin. Let’s go pay them a visit!



As an area of low pressure intensifies over western NE/KS, it extends a potent cold front through the Central and Southern Plains, which will kick off some severe weather in the southern US later. Further north, over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, it’s kicking off a wide swath of showers and embedded thunderstorms. A few light showers or drizzle looks to linger around in the morning when we head on southward out of the Twin Cities down I-35, and it will pick up as we approach Des Moines. Some thunderstorms could pop up as well as we make our way through Central Iowa around noon, but luckily the more severe activity should be much further south. Heavy downpours will still be quite possible as we continue down I-35 which could slow things down for us. By the time we make it to Kansas City for the night, however, things should be settling down as the heavy activity pushes east.


Conditions should be dry as we head out of Kansas City this morning, but gusty winds will be expected most of the day behind this potent system. After yesterday’s soggy trip for most of the day, our day will be nice and sunny and dry. But keep an eye on those winds, they could get annoying as we continue through Oklahoma and eventually into Texas as we stay in Dallas for the night.


A nice easy day today, a relatively short jaunt down I-35! Winds should settle down a bit today, and continuing dry weather is expected! Sunny skies for our drive to my relatives! Hooray! Now let’s hope they have dinner ready for us.


Hinesville, Georgia to Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s time for another road trip, destined for the Victoria-Weather home office in Minneapolis. It will take us two and a half days to cover the necessary ground from southeastern Georgia to the Twin Cities, a distance of 1380 miles. Our average speed, slowed by a good deal of time that won’t be spent on interstates, will be 64.7mph, which means that for the first two days of travel, our goal will be 518 miles in the rearview. It’s time to head for the Twin Cities!

There is an area of low pressure sweeping out of the central Rockies into the central Plains and looks very springlike. It is expected to generate quite a bit of severe thunderstorm activity, potentially a tornado outbreak later in the week. Starting tomorrow, however, it will bring north only some warm, humid air, which will operate within some sunny skies as we move through Atlanta and most of Nashville before we call it a day in Joelton, Tennessee, on the north side of the Nashville metro.

In a situation that reminds of a road trip from Savannah to Kennewick earlier this week, the beginning of our day from north central Tennessee will start off just fine. We may encounter some isolated prefrontal showers and storms in southern Illinois, but again, just like earlier this week, the real show will start around Saint Louis. We should start to encounter the strong to severe thunderstorms as we are crossing into downtown and passing through the metro area. We will hit the front and run astride of it as we move through the Mississippi Valley. Windy thunderstorms will be possible from St Louis north through Missouri and right into Iowa. We will end the day in Ainsworth, Iowa, which is south of Iowa City.

The front will move through overnight while we wait in Ainsworth. The air wrapping into eastern Iowa will actually still be warm and might even be laden with moisture. We won’t have to contend with the strong to severe thunderstorms, but we will likely contend with a few showers and storms even as we make our way north behind the front. The rain could even be heavy at times around Albert Lea, Minnesota, but I expect some drizzle and overcast skies in Minneapolis.

Oh Those Tricky Storms…

Even with home-field advantage, the forecast for Minneapolis turned out to be a tricky one. A pair of small, rogue thunderstorms developed over southwest MN during Wednesday morning, then slowly continued eastward into the afternoon hours, eventually shifting through the Twin Cities in the mid-afternoon. The leading edge of clouds associated with these cells moved in around 1-2pm, causing the temperature to not quite make it into the 80s as forecast. Yesterday looked a lot more dire as a couple of strong thunderstorms took aim on the West Metro, even causing a couple severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado warning to get issued, and then completely fell apart. Not very often you get a severe thunderstorm warning issued and only see 0.01″ of rain. However, the winds gusting out of this storm, and another cell that formed off to the south, made for some impressive measurements as a 48mph gust was recorded at MSP in the late evening hours, along with a 61mph gust over in South St. Paul. At my residence, I easily got some 30-40mph gusts as an impressive lightning display took place. All told, The Weather Channel took home the top spot.

Wednesday: 0.04″ of rain in an afternoon thunderstorm. High 79, Low 58.
Thursday: 0.01″ of rain in an evening thunderstorm. High 86, Low 70.
Forecast Grade: C

Janesville, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota

This road trip is going to be a piece of cake. It’s a 301 mile drive that we will cover in 5 hours flat, or a little north of 60mph. That and I think the weather is going to be rather agreeable.

As I said, the weather will be fairly agreeable, and the trip through Wisconsin will be almost entirely problem free. There is some worry that an isolated storm will begin to crop up over southern Minnesota late in the day tomorrow, but if you made me make a decision, I would say that there will be no rain anywhere on the way to the Twin Cities. Temperatures in the 80s with mostly sunny skies will await our arrival.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s a home game for Victoria-Weather! Sure, we are more on the St. Paul of things, but I still know all about Minneapolis.

At 453PM, CT, Minneapolis was reporting a temperature of 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The entire upper Midwest was clear and quiet, with pleasant temperatures.
Flow over the Rockies was generating some developing low pressure over the Northern Plains. Each of the next two days will feature southerly flow across Minnesota with warming temperatures. While it’s hard to say that a warm front will be moving through, given a lack of upper level dynamics, however there will be a chance for a few thunderstorms riding along the advancing northern edge of warm air. Thunderstorms won’t be too widespread, but my gut tells me there could be some strong storms embedded in whatever does develop.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 58
Thursday – Mostly sunny, isolated thunderstorms, High 83, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 86, Low 58
Thursday – Scattered T-Storms High 84, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sunshine High 82, Low 59
Thursday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 85, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny,High 85, Low 61
Thursday – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 86, Low 67

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 85, Low 62
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 84, Low 66

You will definitely see the temperatures warm up overnight as humidity increases with the wind. Keep an eye out for those storms on Thursday. Gut feeling. here is the satellite, which is a wide view so you can see how far you have to go before you see anything going on.