Heavy rainfall returns to state through weekend


Much more rain – up to 3 inches possible in southwest Minnesota – is on the way this weekend to the flood-weary state, forecasters say.

The NWS tweeted Thursday that scattered showers are expected Thursday and Friday, ahead of widespread storms Saturday and Sunday.

"Some of the storms could be severe on Saturday and Sunday, with bouts of heavy rainfall possible," the NWS says on its Facebook page.

Temperatures are forecast in the 70s Thursday, and the 80s Friday through Monday, forecasters say.

There's a chance of Twin Cities residents will wake up both Saturday and Sunday to temperatures around 70, with the chance of thunderstorms, torrential rain and worsening flooding both days, WCCO'sMike Augustyniak says.

KARE 11 forecasts these rainfall totals through the weekend:

Twin Cities: 2.2 inches

International Falls: 1.2 inches

Brainerd: 1.1 inches

Alexandria: 1.4 inches

Fargo: 1.9 inches

Rochester: 2.3 inches

Mankato: 2.4 inches

As of last week, rain totals at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport topped 10 inches for the month of June and 25 inches for 2014, the Star Tribune reported.

The Twin Cities metro has already had the wettest January-through-June on record:

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