Our dry stretch of weather is coming to an end. Areas of showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop in western Minnesota today, expanding into portions of eastern Minnesota and western Wis. as we go through the afternoon and evening hours. Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see periods of rain with some embedded t-storms overnight Sunday night and on Monday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Sunday evening through Monday afternoon:
It will rain in some areas that look dry in the loop, but the loop shows the general rain pattern for Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.
You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The northwestern Minnesota radar loop is also available. The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here.
The Duluth NWS radar is currently out of service, as upgrades to that radar continue:
More details and videos related to the radar project can be found here.
Severe weather outlook
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center shows an slight risk of severe weather Sunday and Sunday night for portions of northwestern and west-central Minnesota, with a marginal risk of severe weather elsewhere in western Minnesota:
Slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible, while marginal risk means that an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible.
Heavy rain possible
There is the potential for one to two inches of rain from Sunday through Monday across parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin:
The Twin Cities metro area could see rain totals in the one inch to one and one-half inch range, with the heaviest rain from late Sunday night through Monday.
Check forecast updates.
Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see highs in the 70s Sunday afternoon, but there could be a few pockets of upper 60s in northwestern Minnesota.
Monday highs will be mainly in the 70s, with 60s northeast:
Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the lower 70s Tuesday, around 70 Wednesday, then mid 70s Thursday and lower 70s on Friday
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.