Sunday 5/17/20: Rainy day continues in Minneapolis and eastern Minnesota

It’s a tale of two sections of Minnesota today, with the Twin Cities and areas impacted by rain and clouds kept chilly, while folks in NW Minnesota see warmer temps and sunshine.

Check out today’s forecasted high temperatures:

Getting at look at the radar view as of 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, you can see quite a bit more rain still on the horizon through eastern MN, as one observer near Rochester (Mantorville) already reports 2.8″ of rain as of 8 a.m.

If you’re hoping for dry weather to return, today isn’t your day. Our area of low pressure is just south of Minnesota, and retrogrades back south (vs. a traditional west to east/northeast trajectory, it sinks more south and east).

Here’s the forecast radar view by about 2-3 p.m.:

By evening we’ll see any regular rain reduced to patchy rain or drizzle/mist and this system clings to Minnesota, but then sunshine returns for Monday.

Interestingly, as you can see in the map above, temps are actually warmer overnight where the clouds/drizzle linger longer (near 50 in SE MN. Where it clears up earlier you’ll see temps dip as low as upper 30s (39 degrees in International Falls) along the Canadian border.

Looking further ahead, we see a gradual climb of temperatures over the next week, with some 80 degree temps possible by Friday to Saturday in the Twin Cities.

You can see quite the summer-like start to the unofficial start of summer — Memorial Day weekend — in Minnesota. With that warmer weather will come isolated/scattered thunderstorm chances. Stay tuned!

Published by Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer

Aaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, and worked as a meteorologist in television for 8 years (NBC affiliates in Wyoming and South Dakota, and the CBS/Fox affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA, prior to working at the cable weather station WeatherNation). While in Iowa, Aaron worked as a storm chaser and on-air meteorologist, where he went on dozens of storm chases and saw a number of tornadoes.