Rain and windy conditions with moderate to heavy rain possible highlight Thursday’s forecast

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TODAY:

The low pressure system we’ve been watching the past few days will finally track towards the Northland. The low will center itself across the eastern Dakotas with a warm front draped down across central MN. Rain and a few isolated thunderstorms are expected, with the potential for some moderate to heavy rainfall. With a high to the northeast and the close proximity of the high and low, winds will also be strong out of the E around 10-20 mph, but 15-30 mph lakeside. Winds could gust up to 40 mph. The strong winds pose a threat for lakeshore flooding, so be aware of that if you are next to the lake. Highs will also remain chilly, topping out in the mid 50s, but temps south could reach the lower 60s.

TONIGHT:

Rain showers and gusty winds will continue as the low continues to push northeast. The threat for moderate to heavy rain will end by midnight. Winds trend E to SE around 5-15 mph and 15-25 mph lakeside, but should turn S and SW by early morning. Lows will stay steady overnight in the 50s to near 60.

FRIDAY:

The low continues pushing northeast, but we’ll continue to see some wrap-around showers throughout the day. Winds continue remain breezy out of the W and SW around 10-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Highs will top out in the mid 50s to mid 60s, but that will occur during the morning hours. Temps will steady out in the 50s during the afternoon. The rain will gradually end Friday night with some clearing possible overnight. Lows fall back into the 40s with a breezy W wind around 5-15 mph.

RAINFALL FORECAST:

Models have backed off a bit on the rain totals, but another 0.5-1.5″ of rain is likely through Friday night with some isolated amounts up to 2.0-2.5″.

WEEKEND:

We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine throughout the weekend, but models bring in a low pressure Saturday night, which will bring a 40% chance of some showers and storms. Highs top out in the mid 60s to low 70 Saturday, climbing into the low to mid 70s Sunday.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: 

It looks like Summer will be returning to begin next week as a big ridge in the jet stream builds. We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine and mostly dry conditions, although a slight chance of a few pop-up showers or storms can’t be ruled out. Highs will climb into the mid and upper 70s to the low 80s, with some mid 80s possible.

Austin Haskins

Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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