Temps rebound on Wednesday; another nor’easter

We didn’t need our sunglasses this weekend, but we will have some sun as we go through our work week.

No big storms are in sight for the upper Midwest, so we can set our snow shovels off to the side for awhile.

Temperature trends

Minnesota highs will be in the 30s Monday and Tuesday, then they pop into the lower 40s on Wednesday:

Highs in the mid to upper 40s are on tap for some areas on Thursday:

Twin Cities metro area highs are expected to reach the upper 40s Thursday and Friday, and a few spots in the metro could touch 50 degrees.

Rain or snow? 

We aren’t expecting any significant rain or snow this week, but a few rain showers are possible Friday afternoon and Friday night.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning:

NOAA GFS precipitation rate (mm/hour) Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, via tropicaltidbits

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the precipitation rate (mm per hour), not to the total amount of rain.

Another nor’easter

The third nor’easter in less than two weeks will hit New England late Monday into early Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from noon Monday through Wednesday morning:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from noon Monday through Wednesday morning, via tropicaltidbits

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.

Many areas will see strong winds and significant snow this time:

NWS Boston

Winter storm watches have been posted from Long Island and Connecticut up through Maine.

Check with your airline if you have a flight early this week to those areas.

You can also check for updated New England forecast info from the NWS.