Clouds linger today; a midweek warmup and a look back at a very snowy April

If grey is your favorite color, it’s been a beautiful weekend.

For the rest of us, we’re really looking forward to a bit of sun mixed with our clouds on Monday.

Precipitation chances shrink

A few scattered light snow showers are possible in Minnesota and western Wisconsin this Sunday morning into early afternoon.

There could be a few very light rainshowers in the mix as well.

Where it’s cold enough, patchy morning freezing fog is also possible.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern Sunday afternoon and evening:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Sunday afternoon and evening, via tropicaltidbit

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the strength of the signal that returns to the radar, not to the amount of snow or rain.

Any snow accumulations should be very light.

Temperature trends

Minnesota will see highs in the 30s this Sunday through Tuesday.

On Wednesday, many spots reach the lower 40s:

On Thursday, upper 40s are possible in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities:

I expect most of the Twin Cities metro area to reach the upper 40s to around 50 Thursday and Friday.

Snowiest months

We average 10.2 inches of snow in the Twin Cities during March:

Minnesota State Climatology Office

On average, March is our third snowiest month in the Twin Cities.

We average 2.5 inches of snow in April, but we sometimes see little or no snow in April.

In the winter of 2012-2013, April was our snowiest month, with 17.9 inches in the Twin Cities!

I’ve highlighted the snowiest months of the past 12 winters in the Twin Cities metro area:

Monthly snow totals at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, courtesy of the Minnesota State Climatology Office

Our current snow season isn’t over yet, but it looks like January will take the snowiest month prize.

We have 4.6 inches so far this March at MSP airport.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.