Rain at nearly all Minnesota reporting sites Monday morning- remarkable for March
.20″ at many locations so far
.25″ to .50″ totals in much of Minnesota today
Foggy & soggy visibilities 1/4 mile in fog at Alex, & St. Cloud this morning
Scattered showers taper off linger today, ending tonight
AM fog possible again Tuesday
66 record highs at MSP Saturday & Sunday
61 record high at International Falls & Ely Sunday!
Sunny & unseasonably mild weather returns Tuesday PM – Friday!
Record warmth possible again this week
1st 70 degree temps possible by Wednesday, and again Friday
Warmest March on record? A distinct possibility
Rainy Days & Mondays:
And throw in some fog and the time change and you’ve got a murky Monday for sure.
Low pressure spinning over southern Minnesota will trigger showers most of the day. There are some breaks in the rain, and the system will pull out later today and tonight.
Most areas will see between .25″ and .50″ by the time all is said and done tonight.
-Latest Twin Cities radar loop
All Minnesota reporting sites with precip are reporting rain today. That’s remarkable for a weather system on March 12th. In most years we would expect snow at most sites on this date. But this is clearly not “most years.”
“May-tastic” run resumes Tuesday: More records this week?
It’s hard to fathom just how out of whack this warm winter into spring into instant May is this year.
We’ve literally jumped ahead two months into typical conditions for early May!
After some fog Tuesday morning the sun should return, and so will record challenging warmth.
Here’s a look at record highs for the rest of the week.
Day Forecast Record
Tuesday 66 69
Wednesday 72 64
Thursday 66 69
Friday 70 71
St. Patty’s Day 72 76
Get ready to enjoy another run of May in March!
Warmest March on record?
The GFS and European ECMWF models both crank out temps a good +2- to +25 degrees vs. average for most of the nest two weeks. Other than a brief cooler spell around March 24th, it looks like we’ll reach April & May temp levels this month.
We’re already running +5.6 degrees at MSP this month. If you add in the next two weeks, we could easily be somewhere between 44 and 47 degrees for the overall average temp by the end of March.
The warmest March on record on the metro was 44.9 degrees set in 1910.
At this point I’d say we have a 50/50 shot at breaking that, and a 90% shot at having a “top 5” warmest March on record.