It’s been a soggy summer in many parts of Minnesota, so it’s no surprise that the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought-free conditions across our favorite state.
There are a few small areas in northern Minnesota that are abnormally dry, but those areas are not in drought:
Your umbrella will come in handy Thursday:
- A low-pressure system currently in northeastern South Dakota will track to the east-southeast, through southern Minnesota.
- Northwestern, central and southern Minnesota (including the Twin Cities metro area) will have periods of rain, with some embedded thunderstorms.
- Areas that see the most rain could see some localized flooding.
- Northeastern Minnesota has a chance of evening showers.
A few scattered showers are still possible across Minnesota on Friday, on the back side of the departing low-pressure system.
Severe weather potential
The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a marginal risk of severe weather Thursday and Thursday night in southern Minnesota and the southern part of the Twin Cities metro area:
Marginal risk means that an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible:
Thursday afternoon highs will be mostly in the 70s across Minnesota, with a few lower 80s possible in the far north where they’ll have some sunshine.
Friday will also feature a lot of 70s:
On Saturday, some lower 80s reappear from the Twin Cities metro area southward:
Twin Cities metro area highs are expected to be in the lower 80s Sunday through Tuesday.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.