Smoke and haze return across Minnesota Tuesday

An area of isolated showers and storms dips farther south

A cold front moving across the state continues to bring chances for showers and storms. Meanwhile, the wind shift behind the front has funneled more smoke back into northern Minnesota.

Tuesday’s forecast

A cold front that began its slow trek into northern Minnesota Monday has now cleared through central Minnesota as of Tuesday morning and will continue to dip southeast through the day. 

Despite some cooler air with that boundary, the state is off to a warm start, with most morning temperatures in the 60s.

However, afternoon temperatures will be slightly cooler behind the front, with 70s and 80s north, while southern Minnesota still sees 90s.

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Tuesday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Unfortunately, a northerly flow behind the front is drawing smoke back in from the Canadian fires, so most of the state will see more haze again Tuesday. For northern Minnesota, more of the smoke is also at the surface, putting much of the area under an air quality alert once more.

Stagnant conditions also have much of northern Minnesota seeing morning fog.

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Weather pattern Tuesday evening
National Weather Service

The frontal boundary continues to serve as a trigger for isolated showers and storms, which are most likely from northwestern to southeastern Minnesota. This includes a chance for isolated activity around the Twin Cities Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

Overall, rainfall will be limited, but there are occasional amounts over a half inch with persistent thunderstorms.

The week ahead rains hot with only spotty rain chances.

That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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