Mild temps and breezy for the 2022 fishing opener

Shower chances is some areas this Saturday

The 2022 Minnesota fishing opener will feature mild temps in many areas.

The northern third of Minnesota has some scattered showers as we start the day. That same area could see additional scattered showers at times today and this evening, with a thunderstorm also possible.

Far southeastern Minnesota and portions of western Wisconsin will have a chance of scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm later this afternoon and Saturday evening.

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.

Temps and winds

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 69 degrees on May 14. Metro area highs are forecast to reach the upper 70s this Saturday.

Highs will range from the 60s in northwestern Minnesota to lower 80s in far southeastern Minnesota and portions of western Wisconsin this afternoon:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Saturday afternoon wind gusts will top 20 mph in many areas, with gusts topping 30 mph in parts of far northwestern Minnesota:

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

Forecast gusts are in knots, with 18 knots equal to 20.7 mph.

Flood warnings northeastern Minnesota

Flood warnings continue in portions of northeastern and north-central Minnesota this weekend:

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Flood warnings (green)
National Weather Service

Snowmelt plus generous rains the past couple of weeks are causing very high river and stream levels in some areas and lake levels are also high in many locations.  According to the NWS, the Pigeon River near Grand Portage has exceeded its record water level:

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North Shore flooding update
National Weather Service

Here are details of the flood warnings in the Rainy River basin:

Flood Statement National Weather Service Duluth MN 112 PM CDT Fri May 13 2022 MNC071-075-137-181900- /O.CON.KDLH.FA.W.0007.000000T0000Z-220518T1900Z/ /00000.0.RS.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Koochiching MN-Lake MN-St. Louis MN- 112 PM CDT Fri May 13 2022 ...EXPECT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF FLOODING IN THE RAINY RIVER BASIN... * WHAT...Flooding caused by rain and snowmelt is occurring. Lakes and rivers will continue to rise in the coming days and weeks. * WHERE...Rivers and lakes within the Rainy River Basin including Lake Vermilion, Crane Lake, Namakan Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Rainy Lake and the Rainy River. * WHEN...Flooding is occurring and rises are expected to continue. * IMPACTS...Strong lake level rises are ongoing. Flooding continues on area lakes, rivers, creeks and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 1232 PM CDT, emergency management reported ongoing flooding across the warned area. Heavy rain over much of the Rainy Lake Basin on May 12th and 13th have resulted in additional strong rises on area water bodies. - Levels on Namakan Lake are expected to rise 7 to 9 inches. Rainy Lake is expected to rise 11 to 13 inches between May 13th and May 20th. - Areas affected include Rainer, Island View, Voyageurs National Park, Crane Lake and Lake Vermilion. - http://www.weather.gov/dlh/RainyRiverBasin PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement.

Updates on the flooding in portions of northeastern and north-central Minnesota can be found at the NWS Duluth site.

Fishing information

Information about fishing in Minnesota can be found at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources site. 2022 ice out dates are posted here.

Programming note

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