Deluge: 4 to 5 inches of rain for parts of Minnesota

From drought to flood in Duluth and other areas.

Rainfall totals overnight
Rainfall totals.
Twin Cities National Weather Service

From drought to flood. Torrential rainfall across Minnesota overnight turned nearly dry creek beds into raging rivers.

Many locations in Minnesota’s drought zone saw multi-inch rainfall overnight. The slow-moving low-pressure system delivered on forecasts of heavy rainfall by many forecast models. Radars around Minnesota lit up as waves of heavy rain, lightning and thunder moved through the state Saturday night.

More than 4 inches of rain fell at several locations. And multi-inch rainfall was widespread across much of Minnesota. Many locations picked up between 2 and 4 inches of rain overnight.

A rainfall total of 5.2 inches was recorded at St. Michael northwest of the Twin Cities.

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Highest rainfall totals in Minnesota.

The heaviest rains fell across the western Twin Cities. Most of the Twin Cities received between 2 and 4 inches of rainfall Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Here is a list of the heaviest rainfall total from the Twin Cities NWS office compiled as of late Sunday morning.

Rainfall totals
Rainfall totals for the Twin Cities area.
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Duluth flooding

Heavy rainfall of up to 4 inches of rain also fell around the Duluth and North Shore areas to near Two Harbors.

Here are some of the highest rainfall totals from the Duluth NWS office.

The heavy rain and steep terrain caused localized along parts of the North Shore according to the City of Duluth. Here are some of the highest rainfall totals from the Duluth NWS office.

Rainfall totals near Duluth
Rainfall totals near Duluth.
Duluth National Weather Service

Scattered rain and thunderstorms will continue across Minnesota through Monday into Tuesday. Temperatures will run cooler into early this week.

Forecast high temperatures Monday
Forecast high temperatures Monday.

But summerlike warmth will return to Minnesota later this week. Highs in the 70s and 80s will return.

Forecast high temperatures Thursday
Forecast high temperatures Thursday.

Our seemingly endless summer of 2023 is not done with Minnesota just yet.