Cloudy and rainy weather return Friday

Temperatures drop back below average due to a cold front

Cloudy, wet and cooler weather spreads across Minnesota Friday as a cold front makes its way across the state.

Friday’s forecast

A cold front is moving into Minnesota, and has already pushed through the northwestern corner of the state as of 7 a.m. This is bringing a contrast in morning temperatures, with 30s behind the front, while the majority of Minnesota is still milder and in the 40s.

The change in the weather pattern also means the mostly sunny skies of Thursday have been replaced with scattered areas of predominantly light rain. 

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6:50 a.m. Friday radar
National Weather Service

The front slowly travels across the state through the day, likely moving through the Twin Cities Friday evening, and clearing out of the southeastern corner of the state late Friday. This keeps rain chances around through the day, although totals stay limited with most of the state expected to see under a tenth of an inch of rain.  Light snow could mix in north, especially late Friday. 

Because the front goes through southern Minnesota later, that area makes it into the 50s for highs, while chillier 40s are expected north.

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Friday forecast high temperatures
National Weather Service

Even colder weather settles in for the weekend, then another big warmup occurs Monday. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.

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