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Area Weather: Severe weather a threat this time of year

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This was Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. We had the statewide tornado drill on Thursday and that was a time to get ready for the upcoming severe weather season. If you didn't do a drill with your family, or at your place of business, take time to do so. Nationally, an average of 80 people die annually from tornadoes, and over 1,500 people are injured each year.

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In Minnesota, we average about 26 tornadoes each season. Many of them are on the weak end as EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes, but they still can cause damage and injuries. Thankfully, only about 0.10 percent of tornadoes are the strongest EF-5 tornadoes. These tornadoes have winds of greater than 200 miles per hour.

WEATHER HISTORY

In 1910 a snowstorm hit parts of northern Minnesota. Duluth picked up 6.5" of snow!

WEATHER FACTS

If a tornado is in your area, go to a small interior room on the lowest floor. Bathrooms and closets, or even interior halls, are your best protection in such a situation.

MINNESOTA

AT A GLANCE

Moorhead...Low 47...High 67

Duluth...Low 41... High 60

Morris...Low 47 High 61

Twin Cities...Low 50 High 60

Rochester...Low 49... High 61

Marshall...Low 47 High 58

TODAY (Saturday)

Mostly cloudy, chance of showers. High 60 Low 42 Winds: NE 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.10" Today's sunrise: 6:20 am Today's sunset: 8:20 pm. Normal High: 57 Normal Low: 36

An area of low pressure will push through the region and could bring some rain to the region over the weekend.

OUTLOOK

•Sunday: Partly cloudy, slight chance of rain early. High 61 Low 39 Winds: NE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace

•Monday: Partly cloudy, slight chance of showers. High 59 Low 36 Winds: E 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.05"

•Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 59 Low 36 Winds: NE 10-15 mph Prec. None

•Wednesday: Mix of clouds and sun, slight chance of showers. High 61, Low 42 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10".

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