Cloudier skies and rain return Friday

Isolated storms in western Minnesota could produce large hail

More clouds and scattered showers drop temperatures slightly Friday, while bringing beneficial rain across the state.

Friday’s forecast

Thanks to a weather disturbance west of Minnesota, the state is starting Friday with scattered showers, especially southwest. 

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7:10 a.m. Friday radar
National Weather Service

That rain spreads statewide by the afternoon, although it stays predominantly spotty and light with most areas seeing under a quarter inch of rain.

While this is not the soaking rain Minnesota needs given that May has been very dry so far, it still helps the parched conditions, and the higher humidity reduces the recent elevated fire risk. 

There will be a few isolated thunderstorms that bring localized, higher rainfall amounts.  Some of those storms may produce larger hail near the western border of Minnesota in the afternoon or evening.

Because of the additional cloud cover and light southerly winds, the state is starting mild Friday morning, with lows mostly in the 40s and 50s. 

However, mostly cloudy skies keep Friday highs a couple degrees cooler than the widespread 70s of Thursday.  Most of the state will stay stuck in the 60s, with a couple isolated 70s still possible north where there could be a few more peaks of sunshine.

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Friday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Spotty rain chances stick around over the weekend, but that does not stop temperatures from climbing again, with 80s likely next week.

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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