Summery today; thunderstorms at times Friday, Saturday

Our average high temperature in the Twin Cities is 72 degrees this time of year. We will overachieve today!

We’ll surge past 72 degrees before noon, and our afternoon high temperature will be well into the 80s. Most of southern and central Minnesota will see 80s today:

Temperatures in the 70s will be common over northern Minnesota, but cooler 60s are expected along the north shore of Lake Superior.

An isolated thunderstorm is possible later this afternoon or this evening, with a better chance of thunderstorms later tonight.

Severe risk

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms today and tonight for much of Nebraska and Kansas:

NWS Storm Prediction Center

Much of southern Minnesota has a marginal risk of severe weather.

Rain returns

Periods of rain and some thunderstorms are expected from Friday through Saturday:

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Impressive rainfall totals are possible Friday through Saturday over about the southeastern half of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. Some areas could see 2 inches of rain:

National Weather Service Twin Cities

Rain activity becomes scattered by Sunday, and there will be a small chance of rain on Memorial Day.

Foss Lake wildfire update

The Foss Lake wildfire began last Thursday near Foss Lake in Superior National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday evening that the fire is 95 percent contained:

One of today’s objectives was to backhaul excess equipment, hose, and trash off the fireline. Firefighters hauled 10 miles of hose off the line to a drop point at the end of Wolf Lake Road.

From there, Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa crew members loaded the hose into trucks and brought it back to the incident command post in Ely. They untangled the hoses, spread them out in straight lines, and hooked them up to a rolling machine, which turned them into compact round bundles that were stacked on pallets.

The pallets will be returned to the fire cache at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids. There it will be washed and dried prior to being stored, ready to send to the next incident when ordered.

BWCAW entry point #4 (Crab Lake entry point) will reopen on Friday morning.

Basic Information

Current as of ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2016‎ ‎5‎:‎30‎:‎49‎ ‎PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Thursday May 19th, 2016 approx. 11:00 PM
Location Approximately 10 miles west of Ely, Minnesota, north of Foss Lake and south of Crab Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Incident Commander Brian Pisarek
Incident Description Escaped Prescribed Burn

Current Situation

Total Personnel 212
Size 936 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday June 01st, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire behavior is minimal (for example, smoldering) well inside the perimeter.

Outlook

Planned Actions Firefighters continue to secure the perimeter of the fire by mopping up. They’re rehabilitating the areas affected by fire-suppression activity and using aircraft to backhaul excess equipment.
Projected Incident Activity 12 hours: Begin rehab of campsites; 24 hours: remove suppression supplies and equipment, continue fireline and campsite rehabilitation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Scattered storm cells are predicted to pass through the area this evening.