Heavy rain and strong winds late Thursday through Saturday morning

Good evening! The Twins lucked out weather-wise an amazing fall evening for a baseball game! Highs today were mild in the low-60s. It’s not a terribly breezy day or evening, and winds stay out of the east tonight at about 5-15 mph (the breezier end of things this evening is more so across western Minnesota).

Temperatures tonight are not as cold as the overnight lows that we’ve had this week (in the 30s). Instead most of central and southern Minnesota will be in the mid to low-40s. Northern Minnesota can expect temperatures tonight to dip down into the upper-30s and low-40s.

Cloud cover increases late overnight tonight into Thursday morning, with winds becoming a bit breezy overnight into tomorrow morning out of the east. Scattered showers are first possible tomorrow morning across southern Minnesota, then showers start to develop across central Minnesota into Thursday afternoon. At first showers in the Twin Cities metro will be mainly light and scattered in the afternoon. However, by late afternoon and especially Thursday evening into Thursday night, the rain will become more widespread and heavy at times. The heaviest rainfall is from Thursday night through early Saturday morning, with rainfall tapering off northwest to southeast during the day on Saturday. Central Minnesota should see 1″-2″ of rainfall with an isolate 3″+ of rainfall possible. Southern Minnesota will on average see slightly higher rainfall totals than the metro with 2″-4″ of rainfall possible. Rainfall totals will taper off dramatically across northern Minnesota, with far northern Minnesota potentially staying dry entirely. Right now it doesn’t look like those north of a line from Fargo to Park Rapids to Duluth, will see much more than 0.25″ of rain or less.

Winds also increase into Thursday afternoon, and we stay windy Thursday night through Saturday afternoon. Sustained winds on Friday will be as high as 30 mph, with gust up to 45-50 mph in central and southern Minnesota.

Plan on a raw end to the workweek and start to the weekend, but we dry out by Sunday with lighter winds as well!

Have a wonderful night!