4/1/2020 Wednesday: Rain chances, then more rain for Minneapolis/St. Paul

As we round out the middle of this week, it’s Wednesday and we’re talking about light rain chances today — followed by more significant rain (and snow) for sections of Minnesota by tomorrow to tomorrow night.

Here’s a look at the radar view as of 7 a.m. this morning:

You can see a large band of light rain on that radar image, and it’s all headed east. By the time you read this, places like Owatonna will have likely already seen the light rain, and the southern metro area will see rain moving through. Much of Minneapolis and St. Paul, however, will see just sprinkles, or no rain, in this first iteration of precip.

Later today into this evening, we’ll see another brief splotch of rain chances (again, drizzle could happen more frequently):

You can see in that image above, however, that the “real” show is over the Dakotas by tonight, with more rain headed here by tomorrow.

All of that is due to a low pressure center way up in Canada, with a long, dragging, cold front slowly moving through the upper Midwest:

Through much of Thursday we’ll just see areas of drizzle or sprinkles for much of the day, and then Thursday evening is when we see the better chances for organized rain finally start to show up, as that slow-moving front passes through the Twin Cities:

You can see snow on the western side of that future radar image above (in blue). That snow basically gets pulled north, as the front passes east. The end result should be that Minneapolis/St. Paul see very limited, if any snow/mix, while western/northern MN could see some slushly accumulations.

If we fast-forward to the tail-end of this system, you can see rain wrapping up about midday Friday in the Twin Cities, while snow and mix continue north:

After a chilly day, then, on Friday, we’ll see temps warm a little bit and skies clear for Saturday. Stay tuned!

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.