Another 2 to 4 inches of rain ahead? Rain expected Thursday through Saturday

Central and southern Minnesota could pick up another 2 to 4 inches of rain by late Saturday.

Rainfall forecast
Rainfall forecast through Saturday morning.
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Wednesday brought a nice break in the rain around Minnesota.

But we’re already tracking the next waves of rain and thunder into the state between Thursday and Saturday.

NOAA’s NAM 3 km model is among many that suggest multiple rain and thunderstorm areas crossing southern Minnesota through Friday into early Saturday. The loop below runs between 1 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Saturday.

NOAA NAM 3 km model
NOAA NAM 3 km model between 1 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Saturday.
NOAA via tropical tidbits

NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center lays out a moderate risk zone for excessive rainfall, especially Friday, that could cause flooding across much of central and southern Minnesota.

The European model lays out another 3 to 5 inches of rain across southern Minnesota through Saturday.

European model (ECMWF) precipitation output
European model (ECMWF) precipitation output through Saturday.
ECMWF via pivotal weather

The good news? Our weather pattern looks quieter and mostly rain-free starting Sunday and lasting into most of next week. We may finally be able to string together a few dry days across most of Minnesota between Sunday and next Wednesday.

Stay tuned.