The singletrack is now fully saturated. Reports of 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour were common across the metro Tuesday evening. Some locations in central Minnesota reported widespread wind damage after severe thunderstorms packed (hurricane-force) winds of 70 mph. Thunderstorms will again develop through the end of the week with the risk for heavy rain. Rain totals by Friday could top 2 inches.
Wouldn't be surprised to find fallen tree branches across the trails. Minor tree and roof damage along with ping pong size hail was reported in Burnsville on Tuesday, close to Murphy-Hanrehan. Also numerous trees were reported down in Maple Grove, just west of Elm Creek singletrack.
Rain Totals Tuesday Night
The heavy rain on Tuesday made up for the lack of rain the past 2 weeks. Before Tuesday, the last soaking rain in the Twin Cities occurred in mid-June. Drought conditions began to creep back into parts of Minnesota. The trails were becoming very dusty.
Heavy rain Wednesday night through Thursday should add another inch or two to the topsoil. Expecting isolated t-storms Sunday through early next week so plan on occasional, temporary trail closures as a result.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story