From meteorologist Bill Endersen:
We couldn’t let several days of beautiful weather go unpunished, could we?
A surface low pressure system and a couple upper level disturbances are headed our way. The result will be widespread showers and thunderstorms advancing from the Dakotas across Minnesota tonight and Friday. We could see the first round of showers and storms tomorrow morning and then another batch from the afternoon into Friday night.
This afternoon there have been a few strong and possibly severe thunderstorms strung west to east across northern Minnesota. And a tornado watch is in effect for most of South Dakota. As we get into tomorrow, it looks as though the risk of severe weather will shift east and farther south, from southwest and south central Minnesota down through Iowa and Missouri.
Clouds and some lighter showers could linger into Saturday in parts of mainly eastern Minnesota. So if you absolutely, positively need a perfect day with lots of sunshine for outdoor fun this weekend, make Sunday your day. Weekend highs will be mostly in the mid to upper 70s but a bit cooler in the north.
In the Twin Cities, sunset this evening will be at 8:26P and sunrise tomorrow will be at 6:11A.
The government has released a new U. S. Drought monitor. Give a click here and notice how much of the Deep South remains in extreme or exceptional Drought. Rain has been falling on Oklahoma yesterday and today, and even portions of northern Texas have been dampened today, but it will take many precipitation events to break the drought.