Pesky clouds today; Sunday rain favors northeastern Minn. and western Wisc.

Rain to snow in the north late Sunday night and Monday

We’re still searching for sunshine. The western third of Minnesota will see the most sunshine Sunday afternoon. Clouds will hang over most of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The Twin Cities metro area will have plenty of clouds, with a glimpse of sun possible at times.

Periods of rain are on tap for north-central and northeastern Minnesota, plus parts of western Wisconsin, this Sunday afternoon and evening. Southeastern Minnesota could see some scattered showers. The Twin Cities metro area may have a passing shower Sunday evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern Sunday afternoon and evening:

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Simulated radar Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

West-central and northwestern Minnesota have a chance of scattered showers Sunday evening.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Wet snow in the north late Sunday night and Monday

Colder air moves into the system overnight, and wet snow is expected in northwestern Minnesota and north-central Minnesota late Sunday night into Monday and Monday night.

Here’s the NAM model’s depiction of precipitation for Monday and Monday evening:

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Simulated radar Monday and Monday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

The snow could linger into Tuesday morning, with several inches possible in parts of northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota:

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Snow potential late Sunday night into Monday and early Tuesday
National Weather Service

The Twin Cities metro area will see some rain showers at times Monday and Monday night. The rain could mix with wet snow late Monday night and continue into Tuesday morning. Check updates.

Temperature trends

Minnesota and western Wisconsin highs will be mainly in the 50s Sunday afternoon, with 40s in parts of northern Minnesota. A few spots in southwestern and west-central Minnesota could top 60. It’ll be breezy in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Sunday afternoon.

Monday highs will be mainly in the 40s, with a few 50s in southeastern Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Monday will be breezy, with gusts over 20 mph in most areas:

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Monday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 20 knots equal to 23 mph.

Back to temperatures, Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the lower 40s on Tuesday. Our highs then rebound to the lower 50s Wednesday, followed by upper 50s Thursday and Friday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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