By Ted Schmidt, Morning/Noon Meteorologist - bio | email
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A cold front swung through the region late Wednesday, producing some showers and thunderstorms in the area, even in the locations that had previously been missing out on all of the bigger rain events.
However, rainfall totals were mainly on the light side and there still exists a massive rainfall deficit along the lines of five to eight inches in northern Iowa and a couple of inches in southern Minnesota for the year.
There may be a little more of that much needed rain in the forecast today, but again it will be on the light side as a weaker cold front and storm system slide through the Upper Mississippi Valley, moving toward the Great Lakes by tonight.
We'll have mainly afternoon and evening scattered showers and some thunderstorms with this storm system today, the best chances will be in the northeastern portion of the local area.
Meanwhile gusty west winds will draw in slightly drier air with highs in the 80s this afternoon.
Temperatures will be noticeably cooler overnight tonight and then tomorrow high temperatures will in the upper 70s to low 80s across the area, the first subnormal day in terms of temperatures since late June.
There will be the slightest chance for a stray shower or two tomorrow and then again late Saturday as another storm system approaches from the west.
A better chance for widespread showers will be Sunday with plenty of rain chances in the longer term next week.
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