Weekend weather: Dry in most of Minnesota; seasonal temps

Fall color update for leaf-peepers

Thursday in St. Paul
Ron Trenda | MPR News

Parts of Minnesota have gorgeous fall colors right now.

My wife and I have taken several fall color strolls and drives over the past week. We’ve noticed that some trees are showing brilliant fall colors and other trees have dropped most of their leaves. There are clusters of trees that are just beginning to show their fall colors and a few trees are still mainly green.

Fall color report

Much of northern Minnesota is past peak for fall colors, but beautiful fall colors are on display in large portions of central and southern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fall color report for Minnesota State Parks and Trails looks like this:

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Fall colors
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

When you look at the fall color map, keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included, not just maples.

The Wisconsin fall color report can be found here.

Friday warmth; mainly 50s this weekend

The warmest weather of the next three days will be on Friday. Highs will be in the 70s in southwestern Minnesota, with 60s from northwestern Minnesota through central Minnesota, the Twin Cities metro area and southeastern Minnesota:

Friday forecast highs
National Weather Service

North-central and northeastern Minnesota will see mainly 50s.

Saturday highs will be mainly in the 50s:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Parts of northeastern Minnesota will top out in the upper 40s Saturday afternoon.

Saturday high temps in the Twin Cities metro area will reach the upper 50s, which is slightly above the average Oct. 21 Twin Cities high temp of 55 degrees.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 50s:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

A few spots in southwestern Minnesota could top 60 degrees Sunday afternoon.

Mainly dry

Most of Minnesota will have dry weather on Saturday and Sunday. Northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin could see scattered showers at times on Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern from 5 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Saturday:

Simulated radar from 5 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Saturday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network.

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