Rainy Friday arrives

An active warm front and low pressure center has finally pushed areas of rain into southern Minnesota. Some of the rain is locally heavy, with rainfall already in excess of 2″ in some areas.

As the main body of the system finally moves through Friday, expcect areas of locally heavy rainfall.

It’s not often you see a swath of rainfall forecast at 2″ over much of central and southern Minnesota. Check out the graphic from NWS below.

NWS forecasts for ranfall through Saturday

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As storms “train” or move over the same areas dumping heavy rainfall, it appears local areas will receive enough rain to meet or exceed flash flood guidance.

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Here are some links to keep track of the rain.

Twin cities radar loop

Twin Cities storm total rainfall loop

Radar loop with lightning strikes

NWS latest watches and warnings

Storm Prediction Center


  • Rich

    Amazing to me how serial drought years can be washed away by a good season of recurring showers! 🙂

  • Ryan

    The flash flood guidance map is interesting – is there any information about what goes into determining the amount of rainfall a given area can receive before flooding occurs? Thanks!