Rainy day

A woman crosses First Avenue SW downtown Rochester in the rain Monday. (Ken Klotzbach/kklotzbach@postbulletion.com)

It's wet and getting wetter. 

After rain Sunday and Monday, the skies are expected to brighten up today. But a storm system moving in Tuesday night will keep the wet week coming.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse expects thunderstorms, beginning early Tuesday night to get more severe after midnight, bringing up to three-fourths of an inch of rain in the Rochester area. Rain should continue through Wednesday and Thursday, bringing rainfall totals during the period of roughly 2 inches. 

The rain will come during thunderstorms, the NWS reports, with a potential for hail and high winds, especially Thursday.

Storms are expected to be stronger, especially Wednesday, closer to Red Wing, the NWS Twin Cities office reports, with nearly 3 inches expected. 

After high temperatures in the low 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, the mercury will start to drop, with a high in Rochester of 77 Thursday but dipping to the mid-60s on Friday. Overnight lows will start in the 60s early in the week and dip below 50 Friday night when mostly cloudy skies during the day give way to clear skies at night. 

A clear Saturday will be followed by a chance of thunderstorms in the evening through Sunday, the NWS reports. 

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Regional Reporter

Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.