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Update: How cloudy will it be in Minnesota during the solar eclipse?

The forecast still isn't very promising.
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"Mostly cloudy" isn't the phrase you want to see on the day of a coast-to-coast solar eclipse.

But "mostly cloudy" is what a lot of Minnesotans are going to get.

Now just a handful of hours away from the eclipse, the National Weather Service is forecasting gloomy skies.

It'll be "mostly cloudy" with anywhere from a 20-40 percent chance of rain in the Twin Cities and southeast Minnesota from about 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., NWS Twin Cities tweeted early Monday.

That time period is about when the eclipse will start and end, though it'll reach its peak just after 1 p.m., with the exact time dependent upon where in the state you are – so it'll be about 1:01 p.m. for Detroit Lakes, but 1:10 p.m. in Winona.

You can punch in your ZIP code to get a specific time here.

Clouds will gather across northeast Minnesota as well, NWS Duluth said, and there will be a slight chance of rain. The least-cloudy area will be the very tip of the Arrowhead.

In the northwest corner of the state, seeing the eclipse "may be difficult" because of the cloud cover, NWS Grand Forks tweeted. Here's their map showing the clouds at about 1 p.m. Though a 6:30 a.m. update said there could be hope with some cloud breaks.

In southwest Minnesota, once again expect mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. NWS Sioux Falls called it "unwelcome" on eclipse day. 

So anyone planning a big eclipse viewing party, we're sorry. But hey, it's not like a solar eclipse in and of itself is rare – the fact that this one will cross the entire U.S. mainland is what makes it so headline-grabbing.

So if you want to feel a little better about having a crappy eclipse view today, think about it like Neil deGrasse Tyson does:

The original story from Sunday afternoon is below.

Will clouds and rain ruin Minnesota's view of the solar eclipse?

Right about now, you might be kicking yourself if you didn't buy that Sun Country flight to see the solar eclipse in Nebraska, because the forecast is looking kinda iffy.

Even if we had completely clear skies, Minnesotans don't stand a chance of seeing the full, total solar eclipse – and now we have to worry about clouds and scattered storms mucking up the view even more.

With less than 24 hours until the peak viewing time (about 1 p.m. Monday) of the eclipse, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities seems more optimistic than it was earlier this week in regards to cloud cover.

But the NWS says there "isn't as much confidence" in the forecast as one would like.

It pretty much all depends on what happens Sunday night. 

The NWS says there's currently some convection – aka the stuff that creates thunderstorms – passing through, creating an unstable environment.

"What happens with this convection will be key to what we see for potential storms and severe weather Monday," the forecast says.

Basically, the best possible outcome for Minnesotans is that it will storm Sunday night. Because if that weather gets pushed into Monday, our chances of seeing the solar eclipse are limited.

So cross your fingers for some rain tonight.

And don't forget – if you're planning on watching or filming the eclipse, protect your eyes and your camera.

This online interactive map shows exactly when the eclipse begins, peaks and ends for each zip code. 

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