Classic spring weekend; Twins opener dodging showers?

This is how you write up an April weekend in Minnesota.

Plenty of sun, cool mornings and milder afternoons.

Our relatively mild and tranquil April weather continues this weekend. Saturday should feature partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies by afternoon. Expect temperatures in the lower 60s in southern Minnesota, and upper 50s to near 60 north. Winds should be from the west at between 5 and 15 mph.

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Sunday looks a bit milder in the south with highs in the mid to upper 60s. Northern Minnesota may see a few clouds Sunday. A light NE wind between 5 and 10 mph should make things feel really nice Sunday.

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Temperatures will be running about 8 to 10 degrees above average this weekend. Our averages in the Twin Cities are 54/34. We’re on a 6 week winning streak of above average temperatures now. March was 8.9 degrees above average in the metro and April temperatures are off to a running start at 11.2 degrees above average!

Front may affect Twins opener:

All attention will turn to Target Field Monday for the Twins home opener. A warm front will be pushing through southern Minnesota Monday morning. It will likely bring a few showers along as it moves through.

If the front clear the Twin Cities by early afternoon, weather conditions should be nice for opening day baseball at Target Field. Look for breezy SE winds of 15-25 mph (blowing in from right field) and temperatures that could be in the upper 60s to near 70 if we get enough sun.

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Twin Cities NWS weather depiction hints at showers and possible thunder at 1pm Monday in the metro.

If the front lingers, weather conditions will change significantly. Clouds and showers could linger into the afternoon, and temperatures could stay in the upper 50s right up to game time.

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GFS model rainfall forecast for Monday at 7pm hints at a chance of lingering rain showers in the metro Monday afternoon.

Needless to say, forecasters will be watching the models closely Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Enjoy the beautiful April weekend!

PH

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