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Saturday puddles, but Sunday looks mostly dry

Beautiful weather to start next week, but Thursday and Friday will be chilly

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It’s never fun to start your weekend with steady rain and puddles. The rain is expected to become more scattered and intermittent in the southern half of Minnesota as we go into Saturday afternoon, with steadier rains shifting to portions of northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  An isolated thunderstorm is also possible this Saturday.  Updated weather information can be heard on the MPR network.

Rain totals through 9 a.m. this Saturday included one inch at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 1.31 inches at St. Cloud, 1.51 inches in Mankato and .42 of an inch in Rochester. Rochester could double their total before the rain ends.

It’ll be windy in many areas this Saturday. A wind advisory will continue until 8 p.m. Saturday in much of southwestern Minnesota:

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Wind advisory southwest Minnesota Saturday
National Weather Service

Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible in the advisory area.  Click on any location on the National Weather Service map for advisory updates today.

Scattered showers are possible in northern Minnesota on Sunday. Sunday looks mostly dry elsewhere in Minnesota with a passing afternoon sprinkle possible. 

Temperature trends

Saturday afternoon highs are forecast to be in the 40s across the northern third of Minnesota, with mostly 50s in central and southern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 50s, with some lower 60s possible in far southern Minnesota:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Some spots in the Twin Cities metro area will probably touch 60.

Highs will be slightly milder on Monday:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

We could see some lower 60s in the metro area Monday afternoon.

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the mid 60s Tuesday, followed by upper 60s Wednesday and mid 50s on Thursday. Friday looks chilly, with highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Flakes in the northwest late Wednesday?

Rain is expected to spread back into Minnesota Wednesday afternoon and evening, and it could be cold enough for some snowflakes or a rain/snow mix in northwestern Minnesota by Wednesday evening. The rain chance probably holds off until Wednesday evening in the Twin Cities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Global forecast System (GFS) model shows the potential precipitation pattern Wednesday and Wednesday evening:

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NOAA GFS model precipitation Wednesday through Wednesday evening
Tropicaltidbits.com

The GFS model spreads that rain and rain/snow mix southeastward on Thursday.  It can snow when official temps are in the 40s if the air a few thousand feet above the ground is cold enough. Check forecast updates.

Fall color update

Leaf peepers won’t have to travel very far (or at all) to see some great fall colors this weekend. Here’s the latest fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

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Fall colors Saturday Oct.5
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Keep in mind that the fall color report includes all deciduous trees, not just maples. A Wisconsin fall color report is also available.

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.