Sunny and milder midweek; sketchy weekend

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ― William Shakespeare, Sonnets

You may notice a little extra spring in your step on this Tuesday. Bright sunshine and milder temperatures return to Minnesota. That’s good news for soggy Minnesota fields still too wet for farmers to do much. Lawns are turning green now. It won’t be long before the hum of lawnmowers fills the spring air.

But, it is still April.

Milder midweek

A touch of morning frost gives way to highs in the 60s Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures peak Wednesday, with highs in the 70s across most of the Upper Midwest. Progress.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast highs for Wednesday.

Cooler weekend ahead

Sketchy is the word that comes to mind to describe this weekend’s weather. Temperatures dive back into the 50s this weekend. We crawl back into the 60s later next week.

NOAA, via Weather Bell

Saturday looks wet. A cold rain could be cold enough to mix in a few renegade snowflakes north of the Twin Cities.

Here’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model:

NOAA GFS Saturday, via tropical tidbits

Soggy soils

Many farmers are itching to get in the fields. More than half of soils in Minnesota show surplus moisture according to this week’s Minnesota Crop Report.

Minnesota Crop Report/USDA

Ice-out moving north

Update: The ice report below from North Long on the Minnesota DNR website this morning appears to be erroneous. It has been removed from the site. There is still some ice on the lake. -PH

The latest notable ice-out? North Long Lake near Brainerd in central Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

There’s still plenty of ice on Mille Lacs as of Tuesday.

Speaking of ice-out, Freshwater Society hosts its annual Ice Out, Loon In gala event May 4.

  • Wes Krohn

    North Long Lake is NOT ice free! 371 bay is ice free, but the main portion is at least 2/3 covered.

    • MPR Weather

      Thank you. We’ve updated the post.

  • Anthony

    Is there anywhere within a 90 minute drive of the Twin Cities that won’t have rain? Looks like that line of precip ends north a bit, how far does one have to go on Saturday?