Can you handle some May warmth? I think the answer to that is a loud yes!
Most of Minnesota will see highs in the 70s this Friday afternoon, with some 60s in parts of northeastern Minnesota.
Northeastern Minnesota could also see some scattered showers and even an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Weekend highs near normal
On Saturday, highs dip back into the 60s for most of Minnesota:
Northeastern Minnesota will see highs in the 50s Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday highs will be in the 60s in most areas, but southwestern Minnesota could touch 70 degrees:
Our average high temp is 67 degrees in the Twin Cities area this time of year.
Twin Cities highs are expected to range from the upper 60s to lower 70s Monday through Wednesday of next week.
Other than a chance of a shower/isolated thunderstorm Friday afternoon and evening in northeastern Minnesota, most of Minnesota will stay dry from Friday afternoon through Monday.
This is a timely dry stretch.
The United States Department of Agriculture reported this week that through the end of April in Minnesota:
Corn planting was 12 percent completed, 13 days behind last year and 9 days behind average.
This weather will give many farmers a chance to get back into the fields.
The forecast maps show periods of wet weather today through this weekend in the Ohio River valley and the northeastern part of the U.S.:
Parts of the western U.S. will see generous rains and mountain snow.
Total precipitation amounts look like this:
You'll notice some one to two inch precipitation amounts from Ohio into New England.
Red flag warning
Because of low relative humidity and gusty winds Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of northern Minnesota:
More details of the red flag warning, from the NWS:
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Duluth MN
455 AM CDT Fri May 5 2017
...LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS DEVELOPING TODAY...
.An area of low pressure and cold front will move through the
Northland today creating a period of low humidity and gusty winds.
The wind will start out southerly today but will increase behind a
cold front with gusts around 25 mph expected this afternoon. Some
locally higher gusts will also be possible. A few showers or a
thunderstorm will also be possible with the front most likely over
far northern Minnesota including the Iron Range and Border
Region. Locally higher gusts will occur with any showers.
Koochiching-North St. Louis-North Itasca-Central St. Louis-
North Cass-South Itasca-South Cass-Crow Wing-Northern Aitkin-
455 AM CDT Fri May 5 2017
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 PM
CDT THIS EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS FROM THE
BRAINERD LAKES AND AITKIN REGIONS NORTH THROUGH THE IRON RANGE TO
THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER..
The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Red Flag
Warning for low humidity and gusty winds...which is in effect
from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT this evening.
* Affected Area...In Minnesota...Fire Weather Zones 010...011...
018...019...025...026...033...034...035 and 036.
* Winds...Southerly winds will occur this morning but switch to
the northwest behind a cold front and be from 10 to 16 mph with
gusts around 25 mph with some locally higher.
* Relative Humidity...As low as 22 percent.
* Temperatures...69 to 75.
* Impacts...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Burning is discouraged.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.
A red flag warning also covers northwestern Minnesota, from around Detroit Lakes northward, from 1 p.m Friday to 7 p.m. Friday.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 and 9:35 a.m., plus 4:35 p.m., each Saturday and Sunday.