A slow moving storm system moving out of the Pacific and into the western US promises to spread rain to much of the northern plains over the next few days. Present indications are the rain will begin in earnest later Sunday and continue on and off through Tuesday. While heavy rain is not forecast at any one time, two to three day rain totals may approach two inches in a few locales.
Rain is forecast to start in the Devils Lake basin, Lisbon and Forman areas Sunday afternoon, then spread northeast across the region by evening. The Roseau and Lake of the Woods areas will be the last to see precipitation, and that may not arrive until later Sunday night. The most significant rainfall is forecast along and south of a Cooperstown to Hillsboro North Dakota line, then on to Ada and Wadena Minnesota, where one to two inches are forecast to fall by Tuesday night. North of this line, one half and one and one half inches are possible.
Those involved in outdoor activities, including the fall harvest should be alert to this developing rain system. For updated forecasts of the timing and amount of rainfall expected, please visit our web site at www.weather.gov/grandforks