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Gorgeous weekend ahead with rain possible late next week

Headed to the Twins' Home Opener next Thursday?

Most of the snow is gone and all that's left across the southern half of Minnesota are a couple of inches where less sun shines and the big piles built up by shovels and plows. 

But the spring melt will continue this weekend, and outside of rising rivers presenting concerns for flood-prone areas, it'll be the first weekend with temps in the 50s since the weekend of Oct. 27-28, which was nearly 150 days ago. 

There is a chance for light rain in south-central Minnesota this weekend, but the National Weather Service is currently forecasting most of the precipitation to stay in Iowa. Here's one look at a future radar simulation from 3 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. 

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Temps in the 40s are expected Monday and Tuesday before another jump is possible with daily highs possibly reaching 60 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. That's great for baseball fans looking forward to Thursday's Minnesota Twins Home Opener against the Cleveland Indians, which is scheduled to begin 3:10 p.m. 

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That'll be right during the thick of the day's warmest temps, but there is a chance a storm system brings rain to Minnesota sometime late next week. It's a long way out but computer models have been fairly consistent in bringing a solid low-pressure system into the Central Plains and Upper Midwest in that timeframe, so anyone planning on going to the game or with other outdoor plans should keep an eye on the forecast. 

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