Where will it rain Friday? Some storms could be severe in Minnesota

Anything is welcome now that the Upper Midwest is enduring a "high-end drought."
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Isolated showers pushed into western and central Minnesota Thursday morning, though the little bit of moisture they provided did very little to alleviate what the National Weather Service is now calling a "high-end drought for the Upper Midwest." 

Another chance of showers and storms arrives Friday with a passing cold front. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there is a slight risk of severe storms in the northern half of Minnesota. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds. 

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Friday's rain will be welcomed with open arms, but the weather service says it probably won't be that much for most of the state. Generally, a tenth to a quarter-inch of rain is expected across the area, though anywhere from a half-inch to an inch could fall where thunderstorms set up. 

Here's a look at the HRRR model, which shows some rather explosive storm development Friday afternoon. 


Friday will also be a scorcher, with high temps in western and central Minnesota likely rising into the mid- and upper-90s.

It'll also be muggy, though the NWS Twin Cities believes dewpoints may stay in the 60s rather than the 70s because there just isn't much moisture in the ground and crops. That could help keep heat indices from reaching dangerous levels, though it'll still be very hot. 

Potential high temps Friday afternoon. 

Potential high temps Friday afternoon. 

The Twin Cities has already already had 16 days of at least 90 degrees, which is three more than an average summer. And we could keep piling up the 90s through the end of the month. 

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The record is 44 days of at least 90 degrees in the Twin Cities, which was set back in 1988, which was also a historically dry summer. 

Here's the latest Minnesota forecast from BMTN meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

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