Brandon Weatherz: Showers to linger in the region all week

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An unsettled weather pattern will keep rain chances in parts of the Northland each day through Friday. At the surface, we have a stationary front near Minnesota’s western border and high pressure over eastern Lake Superior. These two features will keep drier air over eastern parts of the Northland including much of northwest Wisconsin while western areas in north central Minnesota keep shower and thunderstorm chances through the day. The potential for an isolated severe storm stays west of a line from International Falls to Grand Rapids. Heavy rain and locally high totals are possible in far northern Minnesota.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms gradually overcome the dry air overnight, allowing rain chances to fill out the Arrowhead and northwest Wisconsin Wednesday morning and linger through the day. The area of low pressure at the surface will finally begin to slowly move across the region Thursday and Friday, leading to a wet end to the workweek. Rain from the same system may spill into Saturday, particularly in east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Highs today range from low to mid-70s across the Northland with an east wind keeping shoreline communities in the 60s. A south wind develops Wednesday and lingers Thursday, allowing mid-70s to be more widespread both days. An east wind returns Friday and lingers through the weekend.

Today: Cloudy with occasional showers possible. High 69. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Tonight: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Low 58. E wind 2-8 mph. Chance of rain: 60%

Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 73. S wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 60%

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. High 75. S wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 50%

Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 69. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 50%

Saturday: Cloudy with a few showers possible. High 71. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 73. NE wind 5-10 mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 76. N wind 5-10 mph.