Spring in Minnesota. Two steps forward. One step back.
We take two big steps forward Wednesday as highs reach the 60s and 70s across most of Minnesota on southerly breezes. Clouds, a few showers, and breezes blowing off a still frigid Lake Superior keep temperatures in the 40s and 50s along the North Shore.
A cool front sags south across Minnesota today. The front will spark a few spotty showers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model suggests a narrow band of spotty showers sliding southeast across Minnesota to near the Twin Cities Wednesday evening.
Cooling trend ahead
Thursday and Friday look pretty nice with ample sunshine, but cooler. Temperatures bottom out Saturday. Highs in the 50s will be common across Minnesota through early next week. Temperatures rebound late next week.
Sketchy weekend forecast
The latest model runs continue to favor a cold rain, mixed with snowflakes across the Upper Midwest Saturday. The overnight European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model run joined NOAA’s Global Forecast System model bringing a wintry mix into the Twin Cities late Saturday.
NOAA’s GFS continues to suggest a few flakes near the Twin Cities late Saturday. Accumulating sloppy snow still looks possible for Wisconsin Saturday night.
Much milder into May?
It’s hard to believe May 1 is just a week away. The upper-air pattern over North America suggests much milder air may arrive by the second week of May. Bring it.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is picking up on the warmer trend lines as May unfolds.
Hang in there and stay tuned.