Periods of rain until Saturday evening; dry Sunday in much of Minnesota

The high temperature on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was at 73 degrees. That’s well above our average Oct 2 high of 66 in the Twin Cities. Much-needed rain moved across the Twin Cities metro area on Saturday afternoon, and parts of the metro area will experience spells of rain on Saturday evening.

Much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin will experience spells of rain on Saturday night, with a few built-in thunderstorms also possible. Rain is expected to abate in most areas by Saturday night.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News Network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News Live Weather Blog.

Chance of rain on Sunday?

Much of Minnesota will have dry weather during Sunday daylight hours. There is a risk of scattered light rain showers on Sunday in northeastern Minnesota and parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (HRRR) High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) forecast model shows the potential rainfall pattern from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Sunday:

Simulated radar from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Sunday

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Temperature trends

Sunday highs will hit the lower 70s in western Minnesota and far southern Minnesota, with mostly 60s elsewhere:

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Highs expected on Sunday

National Meteorological Service

Some spots in the Twin Cities will reach 70.

The dew points will be in the 40s and 50s comfortable on Sunday afternoon:

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Dew point forecast Sunday 1 p.m.

National Meteorological Service

Returning to warm temperatures, the highs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are expected to hit the lower 70s Monday through Wednesday, followed by the mid-70s Thursday and Friday.

Above normal temperatures may persist over the next weekend and into the following week. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a trend of above normal temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin from October 10 to 16:

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Temperature outlook October 10-16

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Fall color update

Fall colors in northern Minnesota.

Fall colors along the Honeymoon Trail north of Tofte, Minnesota on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Andrew Krueger | MPR News

The percentage of fall color change is currently highest in northern Minnesota. Here is the latest report on fall colors from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

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Report on the fall colors of Saturday

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included in the Fall Color Report, not just maple trees. Information on Wisconsin’s fall colors can be found here.

There are a few pockets of really good fall color elsewhere, including parts of the Twin Cities metro area.

There will be some really beautiful fall colors in some spots along the Twin Cities Marathon route on Sunday!

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