A cold front cutting across Minnesota today is triggering showers and thunderstorms around much of the state.
The front is cutting into warm and humid air, and over the past 24 hours it has created dew points reaching 70 degrees in southern Minnesota. Drier, more comfortable air will move in behind the front for Friday.
As is often the case with summer storm, rainfall amounts will vary greatly. As of 10:30 a.m., rainfall amounts across the state ranged from .40 inches in Olivia, .60 inches in New Ulm and .66 in in Redwood Falls.
The rain is being welcomed by many across the state. Since June 17th parts of central and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area, are behind average in rainfall, ranging anywhere from 2 to nearly 4 inches.
So far there have been no reports of severe weather with the morning storms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa under a slight risk for severe weather today. The highest risk appears to be in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa and into Wisconsin as the day progresses.