A nice Sunday; cooler temps to start the week

Update on flood warnings in Minnesota

St Paul on Friday
Ron Trenda/MPR News

Our weather has been very nice the past couple of days. Sunday is looking pleasant too.

Temperature trends

Sunday highs will be in the 60s to the north, with some lower 70s in southern Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Sunday afternoon wind gusts are expected to be in the 20 to 25 mph range in many areas, with higher gusts in northwestern Minnesota:

Sunday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Forecast gusts are in knots, with 18 knots equal to 20.7 mph

Back to temperatures, Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be around 70 degrees on Monday, followed by upper 60s Tuesday, around 70 Wednesday, then upper 70s Thursday and lower 70s on Friday.

Rain chances

Parts of far northern Minnesota could see scattered showers Saturday evening. Far southeastern Minnesota could see a passing shower or an isolated thunderstorm Saturday evening.

Far southern Minnesota has a chance of scattered showers early Sunday morning. Much of Sunday will be dry, then some very scattered showers could pop up in Minnesota and western Wisconsin late Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

The start of the work week looks dry, with shower and thunderstorm chances returning around midweek.

Flooding update

Flood warnings continue in portions of northeastern Minnesota and a small part of north-central Minnesota this weekend:

Flood warnings are shaded green
National Weather Service

Snowmelt plus generous rains the past couple of weeks are causing very high river and stream levels in some areas and lake levels are also high in many locations.  According to the NWS, the Pigeon River near Grand Portage has exceeded its record water level:

North Shore flooding update
National Weather Service

The Rainy River Basin is seeing very high water levels:

Updated flooding info for portions of northern Minnesota
National Weather Service

Updates on the flooding in portions of northeastern and north-central Minnesota can be found at the NWS Duluth site.

Flood warnings continue along the Red River in northwestern Minnesota and in several additional locations:

Flood warnings are shaded green
National Weather Service

Updates on the flooding in portions of northwestern Minnesota can be found by clicking on any location on the NWS Grand Forks site.

Several small areas in the remainder of Minnesota have flood warnings:

Flood warnings are shaded green
National Weather Service

Updates on the flooding warnings can be found by clicking on any location on the NWS Twin Cities site.

Hydrographs of river levels

Map of river stages on May 14
NOAA/NWS/U.S. Geological Survey

NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service site shows river gauges across our region. You can click on any gauge at that site to get recent and current river levels plus the forecast levels over the next few days.

Here’s the hydrograph for the Minnesota River at Montevideo, Minnesota, which is now at moderate flood stage and is expected to reach major flood stage Sunday night:

Minnesota River at Montevideo
NOAA/NWS/U.S. Geological Survey

The Mississippi River at St. Paul is forecast to rise to minor flood stage on Wednesday:

Mississippi River at St. Paul
NOAA/NWS/U.S. Geological Survey

River level forecasts are updated several times each day.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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