A cold front making its way across Minnesota is causing big weather contrasts around the state and brings a chance for strong storms to southeastern Minnesota.
As of 7 a.m., the cold front associated with a storm system impacting Minnesota has made it through all but the southeastern corner of the state. The cooler, drier air behind the front already brought northern Minnesota seasonable morning temperatures in the 50s and lower dew points. Central Minnesota is starting the day in the 60s, and the area ahead of the front is in the 70s and very muggy.
This temperature contrast will also be noticeable in the highs Thursday, with seasonable 70s and low 80s north, but a few 90s still in southern Minnesota.
Afternoon dew points, and thus the humidity, will be lower and in the 50s for most of Minnesota, while still stickier and in the 60s southeast.
With the front slowly making its way out of southeastern Minnesota Thursday, and becoming almost stationary, it provides the instability for showers and storms to develop, especially in the afternoon and evening. Some storms may become severe, with damaging wind and large hail the primary risk.
The hotter weather exits all of Minnesota by Friday, but occasional rain chances continue through the weekend. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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