Minnesota gets a soaking rain Wednesday

Temperatures budge little under clouds and widespread precipitation.

A fall storm keeps winds across Minnesota breezy on Wednesday and brings in precipitation that is likely to top an inch of rain for most of the state.

Wednesday’s forecast

The same storm that brought gusty winds across Minnesota Tuesday is now pushing a few showers and storms across the state as of Wednesday morning.

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Forecast storm location Wednesday evening.
National Weather Service

The precipitation will become more widespread and heavier through the day and evening Wednesday as the wind pattern associated with the storm is poised to funnel significant moisture directly up through the central United States from the Gulf of Mexico and over Minnesota.

Because of this, Wednesday is going to stay breezy and turn very wet.

Winds start diminishing by Wednesday evening, but the rain continues Thursday as well.

Combining the forecast rainfall Wednesday and Thursday, almost all of the state will receive at least a half inch of rain (slightly less is anticipated in the Arrowhead), and totals over an inch are forecast in most of central and southern Minnesota.

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Rainfall forecast through Thursday.
National Weather Service

With a mild wind flow from the southeast and cloudy skies overnight, temperatures dropped little from Tuesday, with morning temperatures across Minnesota mostly in the 40s, and a couple 50s south. However, the clouds and rain also keep temperatures from warming much during the day, so afternoon temperatures are likely to be in the 40s for north and central Minnesota, and low 50s south. 

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Wednesday afternoon temperatures.
National Weather Service

The afternoon temperatures will not be the “highs” in some spots, because parts of the state already saw their warmest temperatures for the day at midnight.

Rain slowly clears Thursday, and while the rest of this week stays seasonable, next week turns chillier.

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

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