Northland Outdoors Forecast: Independence Day Weekend Outlook

This holiday weekend looks to feature generally lighter winds and a few chances of showers and thunderstorms.

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We'll kick off this holiday weekend with a breeze for most of Minnesota out of the northwest on Friday. Expect light winds and a comfortable arrival to the lakes of North Dakota Friday evening.

Saturday won't be a hot day, but expect a mix of 70s and 80s across the region. I'm seeing a few interruptions in the form of showers and scattered thunderstorms throughout the midday, afternoon, and evening hours. It won't be a wash out, but you may have to head in from your outdoor plans a few times during the day.

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Saturday's regional forecast.
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Winds look to stay light on Saturday. A little breeze here and there for South Dakota, but most of Minnesota and North Dakota are looking solid in the wind department for most of the day.

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Saturday's wind forecast.
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Futurecast has been painting a picture of scattered showers and thunderstorms to arrive on Saturday. As I stated above, it doesn't look like a wash out, but you may get a little wet out on the lake a few times Saturday.

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Saturday's futurecast outlook.
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Sunday is looking like the pick day of the extended weekend. Highs won't be all that hot, but still comfortable and warm for some. Winds don't look all that strong either.


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Sunday's regional outlook.
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Winds may be varying throughout the morning of Sunday and eventually settling in from the north at only 5-10 mph. A few areas could see some gusts into the lower teens.

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Sunday's wind forecast.
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For days, weather model guidance has shown a chance of showers and thunderstorms for Independence Day. Check for updates as the weekend moves forward. The StormTRACKER app is a handy tool to check up to date forecasts. It is free and available for download in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store .

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4th of July regional outlook.
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Highs may stay in the 70s for the northern tier of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. The 4th isn't looking like a washout either, but watch for scattered showers and thunderstorms.

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Futurecast outlook for the 4th.
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I grew up in Minnesota and my love of the outdoors lead me on a path to becoming in meteorologist. I got my Bachelor of Science in meteorology at St. Cloud State University. I started out my career as a TV meteorologist in Bismarck at KX News in 2010. I left Bismarck for Fargo in the fall of 2015 where I've been since working for WDAY as well as The Forum.
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