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Rain in forecast for Bemidji area

BEMIDJI — Autumn has arrived. Chilly and wetter weather is headed our way this weekend.

Rain spans the forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a possible accumulation of three-fourths to one inch falling in the Bemidji area.

The precipitation comes at an opportune time as the region is technically in a moderate drought and experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

"It’s been fairly dry," said Dave Kellenbenz, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. "The sandy soil in the Bemidji area will soak up any precipitation rather quickly."

Today’s high temperature is predicted to be 44 degrees with wind gusts up to 23 miles per hour. Wind speeds decrease heading into Sunday and temperatures gradually creep up to a high near 60 on Monday. Sun pops back into the forecast for Monday through Thursday.

For now, the dreaded "S" word (snow) that has been flurrying through Black Hills, S.D., is not part of the upcoming week’s vocabulary.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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