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Pleasant Weather Week

After seeing the 80s on Easter Sunday, temperatures were relegated back to the 50s & 60s for today as rain and thunderstorms rolled across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa! Outside of a few late week spotty showers, it looks like we are in for a nice workweek with rain returning to the forecast by the weekend.

Rains showers wrap up early tonight as an area of low pressure heads east from central Iowa to the southern Great Lakes. A ridge of high pressure arrives for Tuesday which will help to scour our skies of clouds with high temperatures rebounding back into the lower 60s. We’ll keep the sunshine around through Wednesday, but we will see an uptick in the winds with southwest winds gusting up to 25 mph as high temperatures climb into the lower 70s.

A weak cold front sweeps across the area Thursday morning which may touch off spotty rain showers early in the day as high temperatures fall back into the mid 60s. We’ll salvage a dry day to round out this week with more sunshine for Friday and high temperatures remaining in the mid 60s.

This weekend may feature a couple opportunities for rain, but there’s still plenty of questions with how the overall weather pattern may set up across the Upper Midwest. Right now, our next storm system arrives for Saturday bringing the chance for rain showers to southern Minnesota and perhaps some snow to northern Minnesota. This system quickly exits the area by Saturday evening, but computer models are already hinting at another storm system moving in by Sunday and perhaps again for Monday. While rain certainly looks possible for both Saturday and Sunday, the time-frame for that rain still needs to be pinned down. Temperatures will take a hit, though, with highs falling back into the 50s and lower 60s.

Matt Benz

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