Stormy start to weekend expected

    Expect a stormy start to the weekend across the St. Croix Valley with severe thunderstorms possible tonight into Saturday morning before cooler, drier air moves in.
The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen said storms are expected to move into Minnesota from the eastern Dakotas early this evening and expand across the state into western Wisconsin by midnight.
“Damaging winds, large hail and bursts of heavy rainfall will be possible with these storms this evening and tonight, primarily along and west of the Interstate 35 corridor from Rush City to Faribault,” NWS forecasters said.
Thunderstorms are expected to linger into Saturday morning from south-central Minnesota into west-central Wisconsin.
“Although the threat of severe weather looks to be east of the outlook area Saturday, isolated storms could flare up to severe levels mid-day Saturday east of the Interstate 35 corridor,” said forecasters.
Before the storms move into the region, the Valley will see another sunny, hot day with highs near 90 and southeast winds 6 to 10 mph.
There is a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms in the region, mainly after 2 a.m. Saturday. Those storms are expected to linger throughout the day Saturday, with rainfall chances dropping to 40 percent Saturday night.
Highs Saturday will be near 80 with skies turning partly cloudy late Saturday night and lows falling to the upper 50s.
Sunday will be sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night will be clear and mild with lows dropping to the middle 50s.
The upcoming week sees sunny skies and seasonable temperatures Monday through Thursday with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the low to middle 60s.