Fishing Opener Preview: computer models bring a fairly impressive storm into the Upper Midwest next weekend. Right now it looks like Saturday will start out dry (sunrise temperatures in the 40s north/low 50s central and south). Clouds will increase quickly, a growing chance of showers, even a stray thundershower Saturday afternoon. Heavier, steadier showers are expected Saturday night. A vigorous warm frontal boundary setting up near the Minnesota/Iowa border may set the stage for strong to severe T-storms Sunday, although it's much too early to get specific about that threat. Just know that there may be some heavy rain, even a few violent storms Sunday, especially across southern Minnesota. Pack something waterproof - and consider getting out first thing Saturday, while skies are still dry and relatively quiet.
* Lukewarm Monday. 70 degrees + likely.
* Morning sun, clouds increase during the afternoon hours as winds pick up from the south/southeast.
* Showers and T-storms arrive Monday night and linger into much of Tuesday.
* Unsettled Wednesday and Thursday with widely scattered showers and thundershowers.
* Friday: probably dry.
* Saturday, Fishing Opener: dry start, but chance of showers increases as the day goes on.
* Sunday: Potential for .50"+ rain, even a severe storm outbreak over southern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Monday: Partly cloudy and warm, a fine way to start the week. Winds: southeast 10-20. High: 70
Monday night: Showers arrive, thunder possible. Low: 50
Tuesday: Lot's of clouds, damp, a passing shower or thundershower. High: 69
Wednesday: Intervals of sun, still unsettled. An isolated T-storm. High: near 70
Thursday: A bit cooler, more clouds than sun, another fleeting shower. High: 67
Friday: More sun, probably dry. High: 62
Saturday (Fishing Opener): Dry start, any sun gives way to increasing clouds, growing chance of showers/T-storms by afternoon. Winds: E/SE 10-20. High: 63
Sunday: Heavier rain, the wetter day of the weekend. A strong T-storm can't be ruled out, even a few severe storms over far southern Minnesota. High: 60