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Slow-moving storms head east after dumping heavy rain in western Minnesota

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Most of Minnesota is in for several rounds of drenching storms the next few days.

By Sunday morning, a slow-moving low pressure system had dumped over 7 inches of rain in Gluek, Minnesota, located just over 2 hours west of Minneapolis. Northwestern Minnesota also saw significant rainfall, totaling 5 to 7 inches just south of Fargo, North Dakota, according to AccuWeather's interactive map.

The storm systems are expected to move east through Minnesota, which could bring localized heavy rains across the state.

"We don't expect that much rain, but it is moist and the system is a pretty efficient rainmaker," Chris Franks of the National Weather Service told the Pioneer Press.

He said Chippewa Falls had gotten as much as 5 inches of rain before 9 a.m. Sunday, adding rain is expected to reach the Twin Cities Sunday afternoon and evening, and people could see anywhere from a half-inch to 4 inches of rain.

Although it wasn't raining at the time, the impending weather briefly delayed the Minnesota Twins game Sunday afternoon, reports say.

A stronger low-pressure system is expected to bring thunderstorms to central South Dakota Sunday night, and move into Minnesota Monday, which will likely bring more widespread rainfall to the state, the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

Heavy rainfall is possible with a few of the strong storms, but the threat for severe weather is low, the weather service says. A "muggy air mass" is also expected to return Monday, and will likely stick around for much of the work week, NWS says.

Clouds and thunderstorms could impact the metro area until midweek, AccuWeather says, with some of the downpours heavy enough to cause flash flooding and travel delays.

There's expected to be a break from storms Tuesday night and Wednesday, before the risk of showers and thunderstorms returns Thursday and Friday, AccuWeather notes.

Heavy rain did cause some localized flooding in western Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday.

State Fair weather preview

The Great Minnesota Get Together begins this Thursday, but with that, there's also a chance for some rain for the opening days of the fair.

The good news is, on average, it only rains about three to four days during the fair's 12 day run – the wettest fair was in 1977, when 9.48 inches of rain fell, according to the State Climatology Office, which looked at the weather at the Minnesota State Fair from when the current site was established in 1885 to 2013.

Last year was the third-warmest State Fair in history, with an average temperature of 88.2 degrees and it also had the most 90 degree high temperatures on record with six days, the State Climatology Office says.

MPR News' Updraft blog says weather charts are also favoring 90 degrees and "stuffy dew points" for the start of the fair this year.

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