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Grab your umbrella: Rain, cooler temperatures in the forecast this week

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Keep your umbrellas and jackets handy this week.

An unsettled pattern will settle over Minnesota, bringing wetter and cooler weather to much of the state, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says.

Clouds are expected to increase throughout the day Sunday, making way for some much needed rain Sunday night into Monday as temperatures drop to below average for this time of year.

Expect some sprinkles Sunday afternoon for south of the metro, KARE 11 says, with the chance for more rain Monday, and accumulating snow for Isanti County and north, the news station says.

One-fourth to three-fourths of an inch of rain is expected for the bottom half of the state by Monday night, the weather service notes. While northeastern Minnesota, including the Brainerd Lakes area, and northwestern Wisconsin could pick up 1-3 inches of snow, the National Weather Service in Duluth notes.

However, far northern Minnesota will remain cold and dry, the weather service says.

There's a chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow, for most of the work week, the weather service says. With the greatest chance coming Thursday into Friday, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.

This wetter pattern is good news for Minnesotans, Douglas notes, because 92 percent of the state is in a moderate drought after a drier-than-average winter. FOX 9 says it was the seventh driest winter in 50 years – snow accumulation through March was 41 percent below average.

The Twin Cities could pick up nearly an inch of rain by the end of the week, the weather service tweeted, while southeastern Minnesota will probably see slightly more.

Temperatures are also expected to warm up as the week progresses. By next weekend, highs are expected to return to the 60s – possibly 70s, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog.

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