3/15/20 Sunday: Sunny & slightly warmer in Minneapolis

As we all know, the world is quite different now than a few weeks ago, or even a few days ago. Looking for good news, I thought I’d whip up a forecast where we’ll explore the next week, and look for signs of “true spring” conditions for Minneapolis/St. Paul and the rest of Minnesota.

First, here’s a look at your Twin Cities extended/7-day forecast:

So over the next seven days, especially when you know that our average high in Minneapolis is up to 40 degrees now, we don’t see a lot of signs of warmer weather.

Looking ahead, it’s unfortunately hard to find a true warm day (50+ being my gauge, at this point in the year). The American GFS long-term model has a warm surge as a ridge in the jetstream moves over the Midwest about 10 days from now:

The thing to keep in mind at day 10 of any computer model is that it likely won’t pan out as predicted, but it shows a trend… so while we may end up cooler or warmer than the map above would indicate, there’ll likely be a warm surge that *someone* gets at this point.

In the meantime, we’ll keep looking for some positive trends — but know that even when it’s 40 degrees and sunny this time of year, the sun’s intensity is on par with that you’d see on a nice September day, so get out there and enjoy it when you can!



Published by Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer

Aaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, and worked as a meteorologist in television for 8 years (NBC affiliates in Wyoming and South Dakota, and the CBS/Fox affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA, prior to working at the cable weather station WeatherNation). While in Iowa, Aaron worked as a storm chaser and on-air meteorologist, where he went on dozens of storm chases and saw a number of tornadoes.

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