Minnesota weather: Nice start to the week, wet finish

Practice social distancing if you do head outside.
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Getting fresh air during Minnesota's stay-at-home order is a saving grace, which is why Minnesotans might want to take advantage of the gorgeous weather on tap for Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week could be wet. 

  • Monday: Sunny and 58 in the Twin Cities.
  • Tuesday: Sunny and 55 in the Twin Cities. 
  • Wednesday: Rain likely. 
  • Thursday: Showers likely. 
  • Friday: Showers likely. 
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That's the five-day forecast from the National Weather Service. According to the forecast discussion, a front is going to arrive late in the day Tuesday and stall out for a few days, leading to periods of rain through Friday. 

Precisely where it rains Wednesday through Friday depends on where the front is located, with the weather service noting that some computer models suggest eastern Minnesota could wind up drier Thursday with a high temp around 60. That'd be a nice break, but it's not a sure thing. 

You can see what the weather service is talking about in the radar simulation from the GFS model. 

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The Duluth office of the National Weather Service says heavier rain expected in the Thursday timeframe should help melt snow that remains on the ground in parts of northern Minnesota, but could also "exacerbate the flooding that we expect on the Mississippi river."

If you do head outside, be diligent with social distancing, per the governor's orders. Stay at least six feet away from others, avoid groups of people and wash your hands when you return home. 

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