I've attached 3 different computer models of rainfall projections.  Notice the vast difference from .25" to around 2"   That's a HUGE difference.  Where is reality with these models?  More than likely somewhere in between.  The problem is we have a NE wind flow and that is trying to drag in drier air from the NE into this storm.  There will be a sharp cutoff in the precip with the northern valley receiving nothing and areas to our west receiving no rain as well.  I believe around the F/M area we should pick up around 3/4 to 1" of rain through friday with much more for the southern valley and into W. Minnesota.  Any rain is definitely welcome.  Another storm will bring a rain/snow mix to much of the state early next week with chilly temps in the 40s.  Are you looking for a nice weekend?  Saturday looks to be the best day with temps in the upper 50s to around 60. 

 

Chief Meteorologist

Dean Wysocki