After a quiet and beautiful weekend of weather in the Twin Cities, today we see a switch toward a much more unsettled week. We’ll see thunderstorms today and tonight, across Minnesota. We’ll see quite a few more chances over the next few days as well.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
The biggest wet periods over the next few days across Minnesota appear to be this afternoon, overnight tonight to early tomorrow, and then again surrounding Wednesday. Wednesday will likely see the most rain, but between today and tonight’s rain we could pick up some decent accumulations in the 1/2″ to 1″ range as well in spots.
Here’s the future radar as afternoon thunderstorms start to slide in:
Note that this is a large shift from yesterday’s future radar, which showed light showers today (during the day). Then we switch air masses and waves of energy toward evening, and that results in a new batch of storms sliding in from the south as we sleep:
Note that with “future radar” exact locations of individual storm cells are difficult to pin down, and that image above makes it look like a sure thing we’ll see that particular cell near Faribault move over us… but we don’t even know that cell will form. Either way, rain and thunderstorms will likely move overhead at some point tonight.
After that we see a warm, muggy, day on Tuesday, followed by cooling. I mentioned yesterday there was a cooler set of forecast models and a warmer set, and unfortunately their forecasts have merged… and that’s what results in those upper 50s Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned!
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.