Wonderful widespread rain

The beneficial rain that we needed came our way on Saturday and continued overnight. Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin received significant rain.

Early official reports from the Twin Cities area indicate generally an inch and a half to three inches or more. Rochester measured about an 1.5 inches. Duluth got soaked with 3 inches. About 1.2 inches fell in Grand Rapids.

Unfortunately, much of southwestern and northwestern Minnesota got little or no rain.

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms linger this morning. Here’s the composite weather radar from 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Weather radar at 6 a.m. Sunday
Weather radar at 6 a.m. Sunday
National Weather Service

More rain coming

The storm system has just about stalled. Expect scattered showers and some thunderstorms for Sunday and beyond. Severe weather is not in the forecast.

Sunday will bring morning rain and possibly thunderstorms to eastern and northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Heating of the day will allow the spinning storm to brew isolated to scattered afternoon thunderstorms.

Some of the heaviest rain for Sunday could fall in northeastern Minnesota where two to three inches of rain could fall from the Duluth area north through the Iron Range to Rainy Lake.

For the Twin Cities area, look for showers and storms to move out northeastward Sunday morning. Then much of the day will be dry before scattered thunderstorms become likely late in the afternoon.

Afternoon high temperatures will be in the 60s to low 70s. The Twin Cities should reach about 70.

And more rain

Anticipate more scattered showers and thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday before this plodding storm begins to exit.

Warmer temperatures later in the week

After seasonable high temperatures through Wednesday, we’ll warm well above normal late in the week as we put a bow on September. Friday could be toasty.

Forecast high temperatures for Friday
Forecast high temperatures for Friday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center