A cool Saturday; best shower chance in southern Minnesota

Breezy southwest

Is it cool enough for you? Many locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are waking up to 30s this morning, with some 20s in northern and central Minnesota.

Temps will also be cooler than normal this afternoon. Our average Twin Cities high temp is 67 degrees on May 8. Metro area highs may only reach the upper 50s this Saturday. Most of Minnesota will see Saturday highs in the mid to upper 50s, with 60 possible in parts of western Wisconsin:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Saturday afternoon wind gusts will be highest in southwestern Minnesota, where they could top 20 mph:

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

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 12 knots equal to about 14 mph.

Weekend rain chances?

Rain showers will spread into portions of west-central and southwestern Minnesota this morning. The rain shower coverage expands southeastward this Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

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

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

The Twin Cities metro area could be clipped by a shower later this afternoon or this 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.

This Updraft blog will be updated around 10:15 a.m. with a look at Sunday and the week ahead.

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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