Will the weather cooperate with Fourth of July festivities in Minnesota?

Storms are possible but a washout is not in the forecast.
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After another night of soaking rains in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, things are finally drying out as Tuesday will shape up to be quite nice once morning fog and clouds clear. 

High temps soar into the mid-80s Tuesday with plenty of summertime humidity making it feel a bit warm outside, but a break from the rain will be nice. But all nice weather must end, and more rain and storms are in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. 

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West-central and northwestern parts of Minnesota could get some storms late Wednesday night, but chances for rain in the Twin Cities area return on the Fourth of July and Friday. 

"Still a little too early to have a good grasp on timing regarding impacts to holiday celebrations, but the good news is that any rain on Thursday does not appear to be an all day washout," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. 

If you have outdoor plans and hope to catch a fireworks display Thursday night, you'll need to keep an eye on the weather. 

The darker green areas are under a marginal risk for severe storms on Wednesday (left) and Thursday (right). 

The darker green areas are under a marginal risk for severe storms on Wednesday (left) and Thursday (right). 

The Storm Prediction Center out of Oklahoma has parts of Minnesota in a marginal risk for severe storms both Wednesday and Thursday, and their early thinking is that storms could fire in southwestern Minnesota during the afternoon on Thursday. 

If those storms do develop, hold together and move east, it could set the stage for a wet Fourth of July evening in eastern Minnesota. But don't hold your breath on anything just yet. 

Temps Thursday and Friday will range from the low- to mid-80s, but with dewpoints rising near 70 it's going to be muggy outdoors. 

Bookmark the Weather MN blog for updates on your Fourth of July forecast

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