Monday washout likely as storm system could bring widespread heavy rain to Minnesota

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A beautiful start to the Minnesota State Fair will quickly turn into a washout as a storm system aims to bring soaking rains to Minnesota most of the day Monday. 

"Widespread showers and thunderstorms will spread east across Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin overnight, and continue through the day tomorrow," the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Twin Cities says. 

"Rainfall amounts of 1-2" are expected, with locally higher amounts possible." 

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Severe weather chances are low, although isolated damaging winds will be possible in western Minnesota late Sunday night. 

As for timing, the NWS says the most likely period for heavy rain is between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday for central and eastern Minnesota, and between midnight and 6 a.m. in western parts of the state. 

Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the NAM 3KM model, which shows the potential for heavy bands of storms pushing through, in addition to showing the potential for Sunday morning storms in western Minnesota lingering into central and possibly eastern locations. 

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If you're headed to the State Fair Sunday, you should be good but don't be shocked if a shower or two interrupts the afternoon. Monday doesn't appear to be good at all. 

Tuesday and Wednesday look to be cool and windy with highs around 70 and winds gust 20-35 mph. A slight warmup is possible for Thursday but we still probably won't reach 80 degrees as the weather service expects temps to remain cooler than normal into the start of September. 

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