Plenty of rain is forecast for the southern half of Minnesota beginning overnight Saturday into Sunday all the way through Tuesday, with the heaviest rains forecast to fall in southeastern Minnesota.
According to the National Weather Service, more than an inch of rain could fall from Mankato to the Twin Cities, with even more – upwards of 2-3 inches – expected in extreme southeast parts of the state.
In terms of timing, showers and storms will surge into Minnesota overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, then clearing out with peaks sunshine Sunday afternoon and evening.
Farther southern Minnesota could get some more showers and storms late Sunday night, but most of the state should stay dry until another wave of energy brings showers and storms to southern Minnesota on Monday night in Tuesday morning.
The Des Moines office of the National Weather Service is calling for even more rain, as much as 5-7 inches of rain through mid-week across most of Iowa and extreme southeast Minnesota. Remember, many of those areas have been saturated with heavy rains in recent days, including areas just east of La Crosse picking up upwards of a foot earlier this week.
The NWS office in La Crosse isn't quite so bold, but is suggesting anywhere from 3-5 inches of rain is possible.
Flash flooding will be a concern if rains do amount to these levels, so keeping an eye on the forecast and heavy chances will be critical for many locations.