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Cold front brings Friday storm chances and a cooler weekend

A low-pressure center with an associated cold front will be our next weather-maker: bringing chances for some strong storms Friday night and cooler, drier air for the weekend.

Currently, this system is still over 500 miles away in western Nebraska. That gives plenty of time for this system to develop as it moves eastward, however it looks like it will develop a little too early, bringing the heaviest rainfall well to our north and west.

Because most of the development will occur to our northwest, the highest potential to severe weather is in the Twin Cities metro and north towards Bemidji. If you're traveling up to the cabin tomorrow, be aware of the chance for heavy downpours and strong storms.

Locally, there's a possibility for severe storms but I don't think it's likely. The cold front will begin to push through around 6-7 o'clock with most of the storm activity wrapping up by 10 p.m. The main threat for southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa is strong wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Now this will bring us a bit of rainfall to help make up for rainfall shortage this month, but again a lot of the heavier rain will be staying to the northwest. Accumulations ranging from a tenth to a half inch are expected locally.

Behind the frontal boundary, cool and dry air will move in: making for a great weekend! Highs will be in the upper 70s with dew points in the mid to upper 50s.

Amanda Morgan

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