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Northland Outdoors Forecast: Wet and breezy for Minnesota's fishing opener

A large area of lower pressure will keep a big part of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest dealing with showers, thunderstorms, and wind this weekend.

This large system will be moving through the area slowly on Friday. The moisture looks to circulate around this low leading to many of us dealing with showers and thunderstorms.

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Futurecast precipitation around the area on Friday.
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Minnesota's fishing opener starts at midnight Friday night. I'm seeing scattered areas of rain spreading over the state and in other areas surrounding the region. It will be a little breezy Friday night as well with an east wind over Minnesota.

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Friday night precipitation.
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The east wind will stick around nearly all day on Saturday for Minnesota. This will lead to a walleye chop on the west side of the lakes. Some of the bigger waters will likely have some decent rollers to contend with when searching for fish.

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Saturday wind trend.
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Check the radar Saturday as showers will still be around. Most of the Dakotas and Minnesota will be dealing with a decent chance of periods of rain showers during the day. There is a chance of a few rumbles, but the shot at scattered thundershowers will mainly stay to southern Minnesota.

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Saturday precipitation forecast.
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With the overcast sky and rain cooled air I'm seeing our highs stay in the 60s for a large chunk of the region. The warmest air will be down in southeastern Minnesota and into Wisconsin.


Saturday forecast around the region.
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The sky will slowly start to show more sunshine across northern North Dakota and Minnesota on Mother's Day. Showers will linger over the southeastern part of the state to finish out the weekend. Those areas will likely be a little cooler on Sunday.

Sunday forecast for the region.
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Most will see the decrease in cloud cover start on Sunday as this system finally starts to push away from the region. Showers will linger in southern and southeastern Minnesota on Sunday. Rochester, Minnesota looks like most of the precipitation will be gone by very early afternoon Sunday(as I'm writing this). Check the radar and hour by hour trend if you hope to get outdoors with mom on Mother's Day.

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Sunday precipitation forecast.
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It won't be crazy windy on Sunday, but I am seeing a cooler breeze for some. Winds will be switching form an east wind forecast for Saturday to a northeast wind Sunday. Gusts could hit the upper teens at times.

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Sunday wind forecast.
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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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