Weekend weather: Mostly rainy, cloudy; coolest temps Sunday

Flood watch in northwestern Minnesota

Minnehaha Creek in Minnetonka April 27, 2022
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I wish that I could be talking about dry weather, sunshine and warm temps this weekend. That’s just not in the cards.

April will end with periods of rain and a few embedded thunderstorms Friday evening through Saturday and Saturday night.

Southern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin will see lingering showers Sunday morning, while parts of northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin will have periods of rain through most of Sunday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern from 5 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday:

Simulated radar 5 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Flood watches and warnings

Flood warnings continue along the Red River in northwestern Minnesota. Parts of northwestern Minnesota could see 2 or more inches of rain over the next 36 to 48 hours. A flood watch continues in northwestern Minnesota until 7 a.m. Sunday:

Flood watch (dark green) until 7 a.m. Sunday
National Weather Service

Here are details of the flood watch:

Flood Watch National Weather Service Grand Forks ND 407 AM CDT Fri Apr 29 2022 MNZ001>009-013>017-022>024-027-028-NDZ006>008-014>016-024-026>030- 038-039-054-011200- /O.CON.KFGF.FA.A.0002.220429T1200Z-220501T1200Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ West Polk-Norman-Clay-Kittson-Roseau-Lake Of The Woods- West Marshall-East Marshall-North Beltrami-Pennington-Red Lake- East Polk-North Clearwater-South Beltrami-Mahnomen- South Clearwater-Hubbard-West Becker-East Becker-Towner-Cavalier- Pembina-Benson-Ramsey-Eastern Walsh-Eddy-Nelson-Grand Forks- Griggs-Steele-Traill-Barnes-Cass-Western Walsh- Including the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Ada, Twin Valley, Halstad, Moorhead, Hallock, Karlstad, Lancaster, Roseau, Warroad, Greenbush, Baudette, Warren, Stephen, Argyle, Newfolden, Middle River, Grygla, Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, Erskine, Bagley, Clearbrook, Bemidji, Mahnomen, Naytahwaush, Waubun, Alida, Ebro, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Lower Rice Lake, Roy Lake, Upper Rice Lake, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake, Cando, Langdon, Cavalier, Walhalla, Drayton, Pembina, Neche, St. Thomas, Fort Totten, Maddock, Leeds, Minnewaukan, Devils Lake, Grafton, Park River, New Rockford, Lakota, Mcville, Aneta, Tolna, Grand Forks, Cooperstown, Finley, Hope, Mayville, Hillsboro, Hatton, Portland, Valley City, Fargo, Edinburg, Adams, and Lankin 407 AM CDT Fri Apr 29 2022 ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING... The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of Minnesota and North Dakota, including the following areas, in Minnesota, Clay, East Becker, East Marshall, East Polk, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake Of The Woods, Mahnomen, Norman, North Beltrami, North Clearwater, Pennington, Red Lake, Roseau, South Beltrami, South Clearwater, West Becker, West Marshall, and West Polk. In North Dakota, Barnes, Benson, Cass, Cavalier, Eastern Walsh, Eddy, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Steele, Towner, Traill, and Western Walsh. * Through Sunday morning * WHEN...From Friday morning through Sunday morning. * IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Area creeks and streams are running high and could flood with more heavy rain. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

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Weekend temps and winds

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 63 degrees on April 30. The metro area will probably reach the upper 50s Saturday afternoon. Most of central and southern Minnesota, plus western Wisconsin, will have Saturday highs in the 50s, with 40s in northern Minnesota:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Saturday wind gusts could top 30 mph in parts of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

Saturday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 27 knots equal to 31 mph.

Back to temperatures, most of Minnesota will have highs in the 40s on Saturday, with 50s from the Twin Cities metro area into southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Sunday afternoon wind gusts will be in the 20-28 mph range:

Sunday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Snow lingers in northeastern Minnesota

Many of us are enjoying the spring green-up.

Anyone who still wants to do some sledding or cross-country skiing will be happy to know that there’s still plenty of snow cover in much of northeastern Minnesota. The weekly snow depth map from the Minnesota State Climatology Office shows 12 inches or more of snow cover in eastern Lake County and western Cook County of northeastern Minnesota:

Minnesota snow depths on Thursday
State Climatology Office / Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.