Early storm brings tornado warning, hail

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Lisa Ingebrand, LifeEnterprise

The Matt and Beth Clinton family of Waterville found almost-quarter size hail in their lawn.

(Photo courtesy of Beth Clinton)

While northern Minnesota experienced snow and high winds, the local area experienced rain, large hail, and tornado warnings, Wednesday, March 10.

The early season storm came just a day after local temperatures topped 60ºF, placing Waterville, Elysian, Morristown, Kilkenny, Janesville, and Warsaw under a tornado warning in the late afternoon.

A tornado watch was issued for southeastern Le Sueur County and Rice, Waseca, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.

Large hail was reported in the Waterville area, but thankfully, there were no reports of touchdowns or major damage.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the earliest reported tornadoes in Minnesota were the three tornadoes that touched down on March 6, 2017, which caused significant damage in Freeborn, Sherburne, and Faribault Counties. Previous to that storm, the earliest verified tornado in Minnesota occurred on March 18, 1968, north of Truman in Martin County.

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