Cool wet Thursday, sirens will sound for tornado drill

You may want to consider the canoe — or the ark — for your Thursday morning commute southeast of the metro.

Our incoming April rainstorm is feeding waves of showers with some embedded thundershowers sweeping across Minnesota overnight into Thursday morning. Locally heavy downpours will roll through some areas overnight and just in time for Thursday’s morning commute. It looks like the heaviest rains could clip the southeast metro as they favor southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The Mother Low responsible for the mostly welcome April soaking chugs east Thursday.

NOAA

The system looks to be an efficient rainfall producer with some 1-inch to 2-inch totals. That’s good news for Minnesota’s borderline drought. A brilliant weekend last weekend with much needed rain coming during the middle of the week? Priceless.

NOAA

On the colder northern edge of the precip shield, it will be cold enough for some snow in the Arrowhead. Yes, spring sometimes comes for good in early June up north.

Bottom Line? Waves of rain continue overnight into Thursday.The morning commute looks very wet, and there may still be some rain around for the afternoon commute Thursday. Scattered thunder and local downpours may produce some locally heavy totals. Showers should taper off from west to east Thursday late afternoon.

The longer range forecast call for some sun Friday and Saturday. The next chance of soaking rain rolls in Sunday into early next week.

Weatherspark

I’m not buying into the notion of any (accumulating ) snow with this one. The latest model trends continue to skew warmer (mostly rain) and further south with this system, but I’ll keep an eye on it.

NOAA

Statewide tornado drill Thursday

Do you know what to do when the sirens sound for real? Thursday is a great day to get your action plan down. I’m betting on a more active tornado season than the 15 we saw last year in Minnesota. Here’s everything you wanted to know about severe weather awareness week in Minnesota.

Twin Cities NWS

Stay safe Minnesota.