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Quiet/Mild to Start, Powerful Storm By Week's End

Updated: 10/05/2013 8:42 PM
Created: 09/30/2013 5:31 PM KSTP.com

Mild, quiet conditions look to continue a couple more days.  Temperatures more typical to early/mid June will hang out across the area for Tuesday and Wednesday as a broad area of high pressure rules.  Afternoon highs in the middle to upper 70s will be common in this stretch.

By the end of the week a large/powerful storm system will be gathering strength after it exits the Rocky Mountains and takes aim on the upper midwest.  There's still some question marks to where this storm system actually lines up, therefore we can't get into too much detail just yet.  The image below shows a three computer model comparison for where the heart of the storm will be by Friday evening.

The storm placement will dictate whether we see some lazy soaking showers or potentially some stronger thunderstorms brewing.  If the center is in close proximity to our west/northwest, the higher likelihood for the latter.  That exact placement is still floundering a little bit as you can see in the picture above.

What we can discuss is the amount of moisture this storm will be able to tap into.  It's looking likely a soaking rain will be seen on Thursday/Friday.  The latest forecast from the Weather Prediction Center for precipitation points to some places picking up well over an inch of rainfall, even more the further north you move.



On the backside of this storm, some much cooler conditions look to move in.  The big question is when?  At this point, that day looks to be Saturday.



The Storm Tracker 6 Weather Team will be keeping close tabs on the scenario and keep you updated.

Storm Tracker 6 Chief Meteorologist
Chris Kuball