From blizzards to floods and fires in a week

No rest for the weather weary in Minnesota.

We’ve gone from heavy snow, to wildfire season in a week. Warm temperatures and dry winds fanned a wildfire east of Nisswa near Brainerd Monday.

Meanwhile flood warnings dot the map in southern Minnesota as all that snow rapidly melted and ran off into rivers.

The Cottonwood River at New Ulm is forecast to crest in moderate flood stage in the coming days.

The Minnesota River will also reach flood stage at several locations this week. Get the latest crest data here.

Few sprinkles today

A fading front brings more clouds and a few sprinkles to Minnesota today. The bulk of any significant rainfall stays south of Minnesota with this system.

Here’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model:

NOAA HRRR model, via tropical tidbits

Classic spring 

Temperatures this week finally feel more like late April. Temperatures in the 60s are with us this week, but balmy breezes return this weekend as highs return to the 70s. Note how event the overnight minimums stay near or above freezing.

NOAA, via Weather Bell

Pushing 80 next week?

The upper-air maps still suggest a warm high pressure ridge as we open May next week.

NOAA

Highs in the 70s look likely for much of next week. A few models push temperatures toward the 80 degree mark.

Stay tuned.

  • John O.

    Locusts next week? Yikes.