Heavy Rain to Help with Minnesota's Dry Conditions

Updated: 04/24/2014 7:25 AM
Created: 04/23/2014 9:20 PM
By: Cassie Hart

After a few days of sun and warmth helped thaw us out from the winter, we're back to April showers.

While Minnesotans are chomping at the bit to get outside this spring, the state is in need of rain. Most of the southern half of Minnesota is either abnormally dry or in a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

However, the dry conditions in the state are expected to only get better over the next few days.

KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl said heavy rain is on the way. Two inches could be the total rainfall seen in western Wisconsin, while more than an inch could fall by Thursday evening in the Twin Cities, Dave said.

The high will be in the mid-50s with a little break from the rain around the lunch hour with some sunshine.

Dave said the large circulation moving in over the next couple of days probably won't move out until the middle of next week.

Some snow is possible for Monday or Tuesday. Dave said it probably won’t be measurable.

The weather will warm up in time for the weekend. Temperatures will return to the 60s by Friday and the rain will move out.

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A pedestrian waits in the falling rain for passing cars to go by while crossing 10th Avenue North near W St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, Minn., Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Photo: AP/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter
Image: U.S. Drought Monitor

Minneapolis/St. Paul

60° | 40°
  • Feels like: 54° F
  • Wind: WNW 18mph
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Mon Cloudy and windy
    48° | 35°
  • Tue Windy with clouds
    50° | 32°
  • Wed Mix of sun and clouds
    48° | 30°
  • Thu A few clouds
    52° | 34°