Weekend showers, thunderstorms could dampen holiday

By ERIK SANDIN – Stillwater Gazette

The Memorial Day holiday weekend started out sunny this morning, but clouds are expected to move in later today, bringing the chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

Along with the rain, temperatures in the St. Croix Valley are forecast to soar near 90 Sunday, but cool down to the middle 70s by Monday.

The forecast of weekend showers and thunderstorms, combined with recent rains, could add to rising waters in area streams and rivers, according to the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen.

"Runoff from the recent rains during the past couple of days have caused some minor rises of rivers and streams," an NWS statement said. "If flooding is observed or becomes imminent, you should quickly move to higher ground."

Forecasters said weekend storms could bring isolated hail and damaging winds, adding that tornadoes are possible over the region Sunday afternoon and evening.

Daytime highs will be in the comfortable low 70s today and Saturday, before soaring to 91 Sunday.

The chance of showers lingers into Monday, with partly sunny skies and a high of 76 expected. Cooler daytime highs are forecast Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx for updated Valley forecasts.