Sunshine gives way to storms late Wednesday

Temperatures continue to feel more like summer

The first full day of fall stays very warm, while a front brings needed rain and a chance for strong storms across portions of the state.

Wednesday’s forecast

Temperatures are starting off from seasonable again Wednesday morning, with most of northern Minnesota in the 40s and 50s south. 

Highs soar 10 to 20 degrees higher than average for late September, with most of the state making it into the 80s and the Arrowhead in the 70s.

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Wednesday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Clear skies and light winds overnight led to areas of fog again Wednesday morning, but that will burn off quickly as the sun comes up.

Most of Minnesota starts the morning sunny, and much of the state keeps sunny skies through the day. 

However, a cold front is already starting to push into the northwestern corner of the state. In the afternoon, more clouds, showers and storms will start to develop in northern Minnesota. For northeast and portions of east-central Minnesota isolated storms could become severe with large hail and highs winds the risk. 

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Wednesday severe weather risk
National Weather Service

Overall, precipitation will be limited, but under stronger storms, some rain totals will go over a half an inch. Rain chances spread south overnight, with the most likely timing for the Twin Cities being the early morning hours Thursday. Any rain would be beneficial as Minnesota has had a very dry September so far.

Besides the rain, the cold front also drops temperatures for Thursday.

That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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