As skies clear Tuesday from one storm, another system is already poised to bring more rain back to Minnesota by late week. Drier and warmer weather return again in time for the weekend.
A storm that slid across southern Minnesota, bringing showers and storms to almost all of Minnesota, has now cleared east.
Only the Arrowhead will see a few lingering showers during the day Tuesday.
Skies are still cloudy behind that storm as of 9 a.m., except for a little clearing in northwestern Minnesota. The clouds overnight kept temperatures higher, with almost all of Minnesota starting Tuesday in the 50s, which is slightly above average.
However, the cloudy skies also limit daytime warming, so highs are expected to be a couple degrees below average, with most of Minnesota in the upper 60s or low 70s.
The clouds clear west to east during the day, putting most of Minnesota back under more sunshine by late afternoon.
Wednesday will be sunnier and another day of 70s across the state.
By Wednesday evening, showers and storms start to move into Minnesota ahead of the next storm. That precipitation spreads across the state by Thursday and is likely to linger in southern Minnesota Friday.
A couple isolated severe storms may develop Thursday, and eastern Minnesota may see rain totals over one-half inch.
That storm also puts the state ahead of a warm front Thursday that will push southern Minnesota into the low 80s. The cold front of the storm already starts cooling temperatures in northern Minnesota Thursday. By Friday, the entire state turns cooler, with highs in the 60s and low 70s.
Here is the forecast for the Twin Cities showing that drop:
Skies clear again Saturday, putting most of Minnesota back in the 70s. On Sunday, 80s return to much of the state under widespread sunshine and southerly winds. That puts temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above average for mid-September.
Warmer than average temperatures are forecast to continue for at least the first half of next week.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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