An odd mix of March weather has impacted Minnesota, including a rare March tornado. MNN
reports the National Weather Service in Chanhassen confirms that the tornado touched down Monday just east of Saint Leo, in southwest Minnesota. Yellow Medicine County officials say several homes and outbuildings were damaged by the tornado, which touched down at about 4:00 yesterday (Monday) afternoon, but nobody was hurt.
Meanwhile, northwestern Minnesota may see as much as 20 inches of fresh snow once the blizzard gripping the area finally lets up. Much of the state is experiencing either light snowfall or light freezing rain this (Tuesday) morning, which is expected to taper off as the sun rises. The 35-to-45 mile an hour winds are expected to diminish as well.
The NWS says before today, only 20 March tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota during the modern era (since 1950).
The earliest known March tornado in MN was 3-18-1968 about 10 miles SE of St. James in Watonwan County. It was an F2.
14 of the 20 MN March tornadoes were on 3-29-98. Comfrey, St Peter, Le Center, and Lonsdale were all hit in addition to nearby rural areas. A terrible day with 2 deaths.
The most recent March tornado in MN before today was 3-19-2012 near Elysian. Rated EF-0. On ground 6.5 miles in Waseca & Le Sueur Counties.