Saturday 4/18/20: Warmer and dry in Minneapolis and Minnesota

We’re warming up in Minnesota — finally! After a week with lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s or eventually 40s, we’ll see a high near 60 return to Minneapolis/St. Paul today.

Here’s a look at your warmer, much more spring-like 7-day forecast:

Note a few things:

A little bit of wind today. We’re talking in the 10-20 mph range, so even though it’ll be warmer you’ll want to find some shelter. Winds will start warmer, warming us to 60 degrees with a SW flow, then a cold front arrives in the evening (a dry one) that’ll drop temps for Sunday:

If we switch to the upper-level temperatures, you can see that cold front a little bit better. These are forecasted temperatures about a mile up in the atmosphere:

You might imagine that blues are colder, while the greens and yellows are warmer. Unfortunately, that cold air moving in represents the cooldown for Sunday. Thankfully, it’s a one-day cooldown and those 60s return quickly. There’s a chance that 65 degree high on Wednesday could turn into 70 or so with the right combination of warm upper-level air and lower-level wind. Stay tuned and stay safe!

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.