It's 7 a.m. The sun isn't up as darkness fills the sky and the sound of heavy rain splashes.
Welcome to Minnesota's Monday morning, where the only thing expected to change over the next 48 hours is that the sun will rise only to be covered by a thick blanket of clouds. It's miserable weather to a T .
"Widespread heavy rainfall is expected area-wide today and tomorrow," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected."
"In addition to the heavy rain, strong north/northwest winds are expected with gusts reaching 50-60 mph across western Minnesota later this afternoon and evening," the NWS Twin Cities notes.
"North/northwest winds will increase later this afternoon, with gusts of 50-60 mph expected across western Minnesota where a High Wind Warning is in effect later this afternoon and evening. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are expected area-wide throughout the day tomorrow," the weather service mentions.
The high wind warning is in effect for the following counties from 3 p.m. Monday through 4 a.m. Tuesday: Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Stevens, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Redwood.
Per the weather service, the high winds in western Minnesota could "blow around unsecured objects" and "tree limbs likely will be blown down, resulting in scattered power outages and possibly causing property damage."
Beyond Tuesday, the rest of the week is expected to become drier with temperatures 10-15 degrees below normal (highs in the mid 40s) before the possibility of more normal October temperatures for the weekend.