Weather looks 'great' for Fourth of July festivities


Warm, seasonable weather is expected for the Fourth of July, with the National Weather Service going as far as calling the forecast "great" on Saturday.

Despite the chance for rain and non-severe thunderstorms Thursday and Friday evening, and again on Sunday into Monday, the forecast is signaling what some meteorologists are calling a "Top 10 weather day" for all those outdoor Independence Day activities.

KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow notes that it's likely Minnesotans will go three-for-three for good weather days this weekend – something that's nearly "unheard of."

Here's a look at the forecast around the state:

Twin Cities, central Minnesota

A cold front is expected to sink slowly south into central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin Friday afternoon, which could cause a few showers and thunderstorms to develop into the evening for parts of central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Twin Cities, the weather service notes. Temperatures will be slightly warmer than Thursday, topping 80 degrees,

Saturday is expected to be the best day of the weekend. Sunny skies and highs in the low-to-mid 80s are expected for much of the southern half of the state. The average temperature for the Fourth of July in the Twin Cities is 83 degrees, AccuWeather notes.

It'll stay fairly warm for fireworks Saturday, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s around 10 p.m. in the Twin Cities.

Another cold front approaches Sunday, which could bring thunderstorms to the area at night and into Monday morning, the weather service notes. These storms aren't expected to be severe.

Brainerd, northeastern Minnesota

Expect similar weather if you're traveling north of the Twin Cities for the holiday weekend. There's a chance of rain showers and scattered thunderstorms Friday evening as a cold front pushes through, the weather service notes. Highs are expected to be in the high 70s to low 80s.

Independence Day is looking mostly dry and warm for the northland, but there is a chance of a few rain showers over northwestern Wisconsin in the afternoon. Temperatures will be similar to Friday, in the 70s and lower 80s.

Rochester, southwestern Minnesota

It's expected to be mainly dry through the holiday weekend, although isolated storms are also possible in southwestern Minnesota and Wisconsin on Friday, the weather service says. Temperatures will be in the high-70s to mid-80s throughout the weekend.

Rain could pop up again Saturday, but the holiday isn't expected to be a washout, ABC 6 says. A front, coming from northern Minnesota, will make its way south, but could miss the area altogether.

If you're planning outdoor activities, keep an eye on the forecast leading up to Independence Day, the news station notes.

Thunderstorm chances return Sunday night into Monday, the weather service notes.

Marshall, southwestern Minnesota

It's a similar story in southwestern Minnesota for the weekend: Isolated storms could develop Friday and Saturday afternoon, but overall it's expected to be a decent weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to upper-80s Saturday.

Moorhead, northwestern Minnesota

There's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday between noon and 3 p.m., but expect it to be mostly sunny with a high near 82 degrees.

The sunny weather continues for the Fourth of July, with temperatures in the mid-80s. The National Weather Service is calling the weather good for fireworks – the low Saturday night is 67 degrees.

Strong to severe storms will be likely Sunday.

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Storms are possible but a washout is not in the forecast.