More than an inch of rain fell overnight Tuesday with plenty more wet stuff on the way today through Thursday.
The National Weather Service in La Crosse reported 1.13 inches overnight and before 8 a.m. today at Rochester International Airport. While rain today will continue, it should be light, with a half inch or less falling. Tonight and Thursday, as much as three additional inches of rain are possible in Rochester.
Heavier thunderstorms are expected in the southern part of the region, particularly Mower and Fillmore counties, but extending into Olmsted County. Damaging winds and hail are possible this afternoon and into the evening, the NWS reported.
Power outages were reported across the region today with more than 200 customers in southwest Rochester losing power due to the storms, according to Rochester Public Utilities.
Xcel Energy reported 82 customers without power in Winona, 134 customers without power in Lake City and nearly 50 customers with the lights out in Red Wing. A series of smaller outage was spread across towns in Goodhue and Wabasha counties, Xcel and People's Energyt Cooperative reported.
The NWS warned that more power outages are possible with high winds expected, and flash flooding could be a danger as water levels rise in low-lying areas.
After the rains move off Thursday night, Friday should see the sun peek through the clouds and breezy, cool weather with temperatures rising to only 66 degrees during the day and falling near 50 at night.