Summer interrupted: Chilly, rainy, windy weather moves in

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Now that our heat wave is gone, Minnesota is about to plunge into a stretch of autumn-like weather, forecasters say. And this fall preview won't be particularly sweet.

The National Weather Service says a storm front is due to reach the state on Tuesday and will stick around through Wednesday, bringing widespread heavy rain and a possibility of severe storms in southeastern Minnesota.

The Weather Service calls this an unseasonably deep low-pressure system. In addition to an inch or two of rain by Wednesday afternoon, it will bring temperatures far lower than the 90s of late last week.

Highs are expected to be just in the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday. The Pioneer Press notes Wednesday's forecast high of 65 would be the chilliest high temperature since May 31.

The outlook for Rochester is even a little colder and ABC 6 says the city's record for the lowest high temperature on Aug. 19 could be matched.

Soaking rains are expected across all but the northwestern corner of Minnesota, but it's the southeastern part of the state that's in the path of potentially severe storms. The Weather Service mentions the area along the Iowa border in particular.

MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner calls it  "instant October," with temperatures running about 14 degrees below average for this time of year.

Huttner says rainfall totals could reach two or three inches on the Iron Range and the Lake Superior shore and adds: "If this was November, winter storm warnings would be flying for a big chunk of Minnesota Tuesday."

KARE 11's Belinda Jensen also calls it a fall-like storm and says the rain is likely to reach the Twin Cities after lunchtime.

Rain that fell on Sunday night and Monday morning left half-an-inch at Minneapois St. Paul International Airport and 1.1 inches at St. Paul's Holman Field, the Pioneer Press reports.

The heavy rain caused flooding at the downtown St. Paul YMCA.

The forecast shows more summer-like temperatures returning to the region Thursday, with the Twin Cities high expected to reach 80 again by Friday, WCCO says.

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