Brandon Weatherz: Strong storms possible today and tonight
Thunderstorms began firing up late this morning. A line from southern Itasca County to the Twin Ports is where the action begin ahead of a warm front. The front will continue to push north, allowing storms to spread across northeast Minnesota through the afternoon. Some storms may produce hail, strong winds, and heavy rain. The second round begins near the northwest corner of Minnesota in the evening where thunderstorms may initiate along a cold front. These storms may maintain as they progress southeast across the Northland overnight. Overall, we’ll enter a drier stretch beginning Wednesday morning and lasting until Friday evening. A few showers may slide south of the Canadian border Wednesday afternoon.
Apart from thunderstorm chances, our Tuesday features a mix of clouds and sun and warmer air moving into the region from the southwest. Highs range from near 90 in Brainerd to upper 70s in Ely. Cooler conditions will be directed along the North Shore by a southeast wind. Scattered storms linger overnight into early Wednesday. Low temperatures stay mostly in the 60s with areas of fog possible. Behind the cold front, we’re left with a breezy and cooler Wednesday. Highs range from near 70 for the Iron Range to low 80s in northwest Wisconsin. Thursday will be rather seasonable, but another surge of warmth arrives Friday.
Today: A mix of sun and cloud with a chance for showers and thunderstorms.
High 78. SE wind 5-10 mph. Chance for rain: 30%
Tonight: Chance for thunderstorms. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with areas of fog. Low 63. E wind becoming W 5-10 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 78. NW wind 10-20 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 77. SE wind becoming SE 5-10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 85. S wind 10-15 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. High 79. W wind 5-10 mph.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance for showers. High 73. NE wind 5-10 mph.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance for showers. High 77. SW wind 5-10 mph.