Dry and sunny start to the week; Trending warmer this week

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We saw a cold and gloomy day today across the region following a rainy Saturday. Rain totals across northeastern Iowa ranged from 2-4″+, while totals across southeastern Minnesota rained from 1-3″. Tonight, temperatures will be rather chilly as they dip into the mid 30s with partly cloudy skies. Given the cool weather, patchy frost development is possible in our area. Winds will be breezy out of the northwest at 10-15 mph.

Sunny skies arrive for Monday, making for a great start to the work week as high pressure takes control of the region for a short time. Highs will remain cooler than average in the upper 50s. Rain chances move back in on Tuesday with a chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be in the lower 50s with blustery southeast winds.

We should manage a short break from the rain on Wednesday with partly sunny skies and highs near normal in the lower 70. Thursday and Friday could see additional chances for showers and thunderstorms with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, Saturday starts off the holiday weekend dry with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s. Saturday night and Sunday could see a chance for showers and isolated thunderstorm with highs in the lower 60s. As for Memorial Day on Monday, some models are hinting at a dry day while others have a chance for rain. So for now it’s a wait and see type of situation but if you have outdoor plans for the weekend, have an indoor backup plan just in case.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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