Cool and damp pattern setting up for our neck of the woods

Hope you were able to enjoy the sunshine across much of the state on Wednesday, although southeast Minnesota had considerable cloud cover through much of the day. Sunshine and light winds can make the sensible temperature feel quiet nice in mid October.

On the other hand, overcast skies and a bit of a breeze can send a chill down your spine. When it comes to sunshine the next couple of days, I’m not going to over promise.

(Image: National Weather Service, Duluth )

The infrared satellite image was already showing cloud cover thickening over the state this morning.

NOAA’s satellite image from 6 a.m.

Light rain, breaking out in the eastern Dakotas, is forecast to expand in coverage and move through central and northern Minnesota today and tonight.

Radar image from 635 a.m.  (Source:Wundeground.com)

Precipitation amounts the next twenty-four hours could tally as high as a third of an inch north of the Twin Cities.

Model forecast for rain from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. CST. (Source:NOAA/College of DuPage.)

Precipitation chances decrease on Friday, but showers and perhaps a few snow flakes are on tap through Saturday.

(Image: NWS Twin Cities)

A chilly start on Saturday morning, with a considerable cloud cover, leads to a less than ideal day for outdoor activities.

Daybreak temperatures on Sunday morning from the Global Forecast System model. (Source: Twisterdata.com)

The models are forecasting a developing low pressure on Sunday afternoon and Sunday night that could track in a path favorable for snow or a mixture of cold rain and snow Sunday night in Minnesota.

Here’s the current thinking on precipitation type from the National Weather Service for late Sunday night.

Forecast of weather type at 2 a.m. Monday. (Source: National Weather Service)

You may wish to locate your ice scraper!

The Red River of the North is slowing approaching crest at Fargo. Additional precipitation will slow the recession this weekend.

(National Weather Service)