Southern Minnesota got a steady, sometimes heavy, rain overnight Friday into Saturday morning to put an end to what had been a dry last few weeks.
In fact, since picking up 0.51 inches of rain (at MSP Airport) on March 14, the Twin Cities had gotten a total of 0.10 inches since. The dry three weeks helped mitigate what could've been pretty severe river flooding.
Perfect timing, really. But, as we'll discuss in today's Weather MN blog, brought to you by Pet Evolution, we're now entering a more active pattern that will keep things wet this weekend, and very interesting next week.
The overnight soaking will make for a soggy Saturday, with more rain developing Saturday night and continuing on for a good chunk of Sunday. Here's a look at the simulated future radar for 3 p.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday. Do note that this is a simulation of what could happen, not what will exactly happen.
Temperatures should rise close to 60 degrees Saturday and then into the mid-60s Sunday, and possibly 70 on Monday, when there is again a chance for some afternoon showers and rumbles of thunder.
Attention then turns to what will happen in the Wednesday-Thursday period as a potentially strong low-pressure system spins up stormy weather for the nation's midsection.
Computer models have been all over the place in placement for the system, so it's still impossible to say if parts of Minnesota will be looking at rain, sloppy mixed precipitation, accumulating snow or getting completely dry weather.
Here's what "all over the place" means when referencing computer models, as shown in the tweet below by Bill Borghoff, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.
It's way too early to say what's going to happen, but you're definitely going to want to keep an eye on the weather next week. We'll keep you updated via the Weather MN blog. Stay tuned!