30s To Begin Sunday In Northern Minnesota
It’s Labor Day weekend, and of course, we have to track some chilly morning temperatures up north! The Superior QD #4 RAWS site made it down to 30F, with 33F at the Seagull RAWS station. Meanwhile, the Ely and Eveleth airports dropped to 34F.
National Weather Forecast
There isn’t a lot of change across the country as we head from Sunday into Labor Day Monday with storms expected from the East Coast to the Southern Plains and some showers in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the rain on Monday could be heavy in the Ohio Valley and the Northeast.
You can see those potential heavy rains from the southern Appalachians to the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast over the next couple of days, with the potential of 3”+ of rain through Tuesday evening.
In the Atlantic, we are currently tracking two named systems. Hurricane Danielle continues to spin in the central Atlantic, meandering and not causing any concern to landmasses. That system will eventually get kicked off to the northeast this week. Earl is sitting north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and will slowly move north and eventually northeastward this week, curving back into the Atlantic before directly impacting land. It’s likely to pass south and southeast of Bermuda. Meanwhile, Javier has become a post-tropical cyclone in the Pacific, with the remains of the system expected to head west. And Tropical Storm Kay has formed and is expected to become a hurricane later this week before moving near Baja California.
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