Warm, wet Saturday

A strong weather system will be responsible for breezy east winds, a brief surge of warmth, and plenty of rain this weekend.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue while dense fog sets up near Lake Superior. This fog may prove stubborn on Saturday as gusty east winds remain, limiting temperatures for shoreline communities. Meanwhile, highs away from the lake range from mid-50s to near 70. Additional thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon and evening. Severe storms are possible, particularly west of Duluth. The main hazards are hail and damaging winds, and a stray tornado cannot be ruled out.

Widespread rain accumulation will generally range from .5" to 1" with 1-3" the possible northwest of the Iron Range toward Lake of the Woods. This, along with snow melt, leads flooding concerns in northern Minnesota. Sunday will have a few lingering showers that may turn to snow Sunday night into Monday.

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