Beautiful summery weather followed by thunderstorms Saturday night

Some severe thunderstorms are possible in Minnesota and western Wis. Saturday evening/night

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We’ll enjoy some great summer weather across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin this Saturday. Some showers and thunderstorms are possible in northwestern and north-central Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Thunderstorms spread across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin as we go through the evening and overnight hours, with some severe thunderstorms possible.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning:

NOAA HRRR simulated radar Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center shows an enhanced risk of severe weather Saturday and Saturday night for a few counties in southwestern Minnesota, with a slight risk of severe weather from west-central Minnesota through southeastern Minnesota. Here’s a look at the risk areas and the timing of the severe risk, from the Twin Cities NWS office:

Severe weather outlook Saturday and Saturday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center/Twin Cities NWS

Enhanced risk risk means that numerous severe thunderstorms are possible, while slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible:

Severe weather risk categories
NWS Storm Prediction Center

Make sure that you have a way to receive severe weather warnings Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night. Some sources are MPR News, NOAA weather radio, and phone apps.


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

Temperature trends

Saturday highs will reach the lower 80s across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with a few 70s in northwestern Minnesota and in a few spots up along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 70s:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Monday highs return to the lower 80s in many areas:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities highs are projected to reach the lower 80s Tuesday, followed by upper 70s Wednesday and Thursday and around 80 on Friday.

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.