A bright and chilly Easter Sunday; snow returns on Monday

Yup, it’s chilly!

Our official low temp this morning was 12 degrees at  Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

That was just 3 degrees warmer than our Twin Cities April 1st record low of 9 degrees.

Many spots in northern and central Minnesota started this Easter Sunday with single digit temps.

This wintry stuff isn’t the kind of weather that comes to mind when we talk about Easter:

Snow cover resembles Christmas

The official snow depth at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this morning is one inch:

NWS Twin Cities

That’s the same snow depth that we had on Christmas morning at MSP airport.

At least we’ll be much warmer today than we were on Christmas, when the Twin Cities high temp was only 4 above zero.

Temperature trends

Sunday afternoon highs will be in the 20s over most of northern Minnesota, but some lower 30s are possible along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Most of central and southern Minnesota will have highs in the 30s.

Our projected high temp in the Twin Cities metro area will be about 15 degrees cooler than our average April 1 high of 50 degrees.

Most of Minnesota will see highs in the 30s on Monday, with some 20s in the far north:

Twin Cities high temps are expected be in the 30s Tuesday through Friday.

On a positive note, one forecast model shows Twin Cities highs in the 50s on April 11.

Snow again!

Snow is expected to spread back into Minnesota tomorrow. The snow will probably start in the morning in southwestern Minnesota, then spread northeastward. Snow could arrive in the Twin Cities metro area around midday Monday or early Monday afternoon. Snow is likely Monday night and Tuesday for most of Minnesota.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern Monday through Tuesday evening:

NOAA GFS model precipitation rate (mm/hour) Monday through Tuesday evening, 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 or snow.

There could be some drizzle or light rain mixed with the snow at times over southern Minnesota.

The heaviest snow would tend to fall during the overnight hours Monday night and on Tuesday morning, with the highest snow totals over south-central and southeastern Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin.

Here’s the NWS illustration of our potential snow totals Monday and Tuesday:

NWS Twin Cities

The snow totals will shift if the track of the low pressure sytem shifts from the forecast track.

Check forecast updates later today and tomorrow.

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.