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Rain and thunder linger into Saturday afternoon

Storm pictures show wind damage in some areas

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It was a wet and thundery morning across much of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. There were many reports of storm damage.

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of southeastern and south-central Minnesota. This was in Waterville, Minn.:

You can click on any location on the National Weather Service storm report map for details about storm damage.

This snapshot of their map includes Saturday storm reports and some storm reports from Friday:

Storm reports Friday afternoon through noon Saturday
National Weather Service

The storm reports include a large tree that fell on a roof and car in Crystal, Minn. around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Severe weather outlook

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued this morning for much of southern Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin:

As of noon Saturday, the only part of Minnesota that remained in the watch was southeastern Minnesota. The Wisconsin portion of the watch continues.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center shows an enhanced risk of severe weather in southeastern Minnesota into southern Wisconsin this afternoon and evening:

Severe weather outlook Saturday afternoon through Saturday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center

The Twin Cities metro area is shown in the marginal risk category, meaning only an isolated severe storm potential:

Severe weather risk categories
NWS Storm Prediction Center

Some parts of the metro will see little or no rain the remainder of Saturday afternoon.

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here. The northeastern Minnesota radar loop and the northwestern Minnesota radar loop are also available.

Sunday looks mostly dry, but scattered showers are possible late in the day.  NOAA’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from noon Sunday through Sunday evening


Gone are the 90s. Saturday highs will be mainly in the 70s, with a few lower 80s possible in northwestern Minnesota.  Sunday highs will feature mostly 70s, with some lower 80s in southeastern Minnesota:

Forecast highs for Sunday
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach around 80 on Monday, followed by lower 80s Tuesday through Thursday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.