Soggy start to the Memorial Day weekend

Mild temps this afternoon

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It’s the start of the holiday weekend, and it’s raining in many parts of southern and central Minnesota. When will the rain end?

Forecast models show the rain becoming more scattered by Saturday afternoon, with a shower/isolated thunderstorm possible Saturday evening as well.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows this potential rain pattern Saturday through Saturday evening:

Simulated radar Saturday and Saturday evening
NOAA, via

The NAM model won’t depict every spot that will get rain, but it does show the overall rain pattern. You can hear updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Temperatures and winds

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 71 degrees on May 23. Highs in the low to mid 70s are expected in the metro area this Saturday. Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have Saturday highs in the 70s:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

There will be some 60s near Lake Superior.

Winds will be fairly light most of the day, with gusts in the teens Saturday afternoon:

Saturday 2 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 10 knots equal to 11.5 mph. Higher gusts can be expected near any thunderstorms that develop.

Updraft will be updated by around 9:45 a.m., with a look at Sunday and Memorial Day.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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