Freeze Warning: Even colder overnight? Growing rain chance by Friday

Freeze Warning again overnight until 10 am Wednesday

28 degrees at MSP Airport Tuesday AM – may be even colder Wednesday AM

April 18th next chance for frost after Wednesday morning?

Growing rain chances Thursday night & Friday

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Source: Twin Cities NWS

Freeze warning part II:

It looks like your daffodils will have to hunker down one more night.

The center of cold Canadian high pressure will settle in over Minnesota during the early AM hours Wednesday. That means the perfect recipe for freezing temps.

-Clear skies

-Light winds

-Dew points well below freezing

Temps will again touch the teens in northern Minnesota and tumble through the 20s south. Even the inner metro should again dip to or below freezing. Overall metro temps may range from 18 degrees at notoriously chilly Lakeville, to mid 20s in many metro suburbs, to 30 in downtown Minneapolis & St. Paul.

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Source: NWS

Temperatures will moderate as we head for the weekend with 50s and some 60s returning.

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Source: ISU

Rain on the way?

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NOAA 5-Day precip brings some rain into Minnesota.

Source: NOAA

“The trend is your friend” – Craig Edwards

I really enjoyed the chance to catch up with my good friend and “partner in weather crime” Craig Edwards while working the Twins Home Opener Monday. As you may know in addition to his MPR duties, Craig is the official meteorologist for the Minnesota Twins, and the former NWS Chief in the Twin Cities.

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Craig Edwards on the TF “Roof Deck” in 2010

Photo by Paul Huttner-MPR News

To their credit, the Twins are the only team in MLB to have a meteorologist “in house” on game day. The Twins and MLB umpires calling the game rely on Craig for up to the minute calls on rain and thunder threats.

Here’s a little “inside baseball” on the Twins weather operations.

Craig works out of the Target Field Weather Lab near the visitor’s dugout. You may see Craig pop his head out every now and then to talk with Twins field guru Larry DiVito. Larry is also a closet weather geek, and he’s pretty good at keeping tabs on weather trends that may affect his operations. Check out Larry’s blog here. The Twins are lucky to have the best in the biz taking care of the field and in the Target Field Weather Lab.

Craig is one of those rare talents in the weather biz, a combination of impeccable, unbendable ethics, keen watchful weather eyes, and a great sense of humor.

Craig is one of the people I consider a mentor in my career. I have been so fortunate over the years to work with so many talented meteorologists and weathercasters. From way back in the day with Dr. Walt Lyons when I was in college, to Bud Kraehling and Mike Fairbourne, Bill Endersen and Karen Filloon and Rebecca Kolls at WCCO-TV, to Tom Skilling at WGN-TV and MPR’s Mark Seeley, to the many fine NWS forecasters and climate experts in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Tucson I’ve had the pleasure to talk with.

All of these people are about the weather first; it’s not about them or their agenda. I’ve learned a little something from each one of these fine forecasters and broadcasters, and Craig is right up there in my book.

So as we sit here in this drought I’m reminded of Craig’s quote above, and hoping the forecast of rain Thursday night and Friday can buck “the trend.”

As low pressure pulls east from the Rockies Thursday night, it looks like a band of showers and embedded T-Storms will sweep through Minnesota from west to east.

Right now the models (NAM and GFS) seem to hint at around .40″ of rainfall with this batch. Let’s hope so…we could use several inches but at least a half inch of rain would wet topsoil and tamp down fire danger for a while.

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Source: ISU

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