Mild Sunday afternoon temps, then much cooler this week

Rain and possible thunder overnight and Monday

It was a bright start to our Sunday across most of Minnesota, with some areas of morning fog in the far southeast. Here’s a Sunday morning view from the camera atop the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth:

Bright Sunday morning in Duluth

Clouds will be on the increase later today.

Temperature trends

Sunday afternoon highs are expected to reach the upper 50s in much of northern Minnesota, and creep into the 60s in central and southern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin.

Monday highs will reach the 40s in roughly the northern half of Minnesota, with 50s south:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs will probably only reach the 40s Tuesday through Friday, but some 50s should return next weekend.

Rain overnight and on Monday

Scattered showers are possible in portions of western Minnesota by late Sunday afternoon, and those showers will tend to spread eastward Sunday evening. The Twin Cities metro area should stay dry until sometime after sunset.

Periods of rain are likely in Minnesota and western Wisconsin overnight Sunday night and on Monday, with a few embedded t-storms also possible. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Sunday afternoon through Monday evening

Listen for updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Flooding along the Red River

Flood warnings continue for many North Dakota and Minnesota counties that border the Red River:

Flood warnings continue along the Red River
National Weather Service

You can get flood warning details by clicking on the map at the NWS Grand Forks, N.D., site.

Hydrographs of recent and forecast river levels can be found here. The Sunday morning hydrograph for East Grand Forks, Minnesota shows that the Red River will slowly fall over the next couple of days:

Sunday morning hydrograph for East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Fall color update

There’s still some great fall color in portions of central and southern Minnesota, according to the latest fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

Fall colors on Saturday
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.

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