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Northland Outdoors Forecast: Gusty winds, T-storms, and warm temperatures this holiday weekend

Warm and breezy will be the theme for parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota this weekend with scattered T-storms staying west until Monday.

Our weather will set up in a similar pattern for the next few days. Strong southerly winds will be in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota helping to boost up our afternoon peak temperatures. High pressure will be situated over Wisconsin and parts of eastern Minnesota keeping the weather sunny and fairly quiet for those areas.

Friday's regional forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

As mentioned above, our weather will be very similar for the holiday weekend. Highs could reach the upper 80s and some lower 90s around the Red River Valley with a large area of the region reaching at least the 80s. Saturday looks to start off dry, but showers and thunderstorms develop for the western Dakotas later in the day. To see Futurecast's outlook in terms of precipitation over the weekend watch the video above. I break down this holiday weekend's weather in terms of our chances of thunderstorms along with those who will have some of the gustiest conditions.

Saturday's forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

Winds will be out of the south and southeast most of the weekend. Our strongest winds will be in the Dakotas and the western edge of Minnesota on Saturday. Gusts will be peaking into the 20s and 30s throughout the day.

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Saturday wind forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

Sunday is shaping up to be nearly identical to Saturday's forecast. Warm again for most of the region with a stronger south and southeast wind. Watch for isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms to pop up across the western Dakotas later in the day and into the evening.

Sunday's regional forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

Winds will be out of the south and southeast Sunday. Gusts could again reach into the 20s and some 30s for the Dakotas. I'm not seeing as much wind for eastern Minnesota and into Wisconsin where the center of the area of higher pressure will be sitting.


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Sunday wind forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

The chance of T-storms looks to slide into the eastern Dakotas and parts of western Minnesota the second half of Memorial Day. Highs will stay warm to finish out the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day regional forecast.
StromTRACKER Weather

The strongest winds on Memorial Day will be the eastern Dakotas and across much of Minnesota. Winds will still be out of the south for most with some gusts reaching to near 30 mph.

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Memorial Day wind forecast
StromTRACKER Weather

I grew up in Minnesota and my love of the outdoors lead me on a path to becoming in meteorologist. I got my Bachelor of Science in meteorology at St. Cloud State University. I started out my career as a TV meteorologist in Bismarck at KX News in 2010. I left Bismarck for Fargo in the fall of 2015 where I've been since working for WDAY as well as The Forum.
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