It’s another warm day in Minneapolis, with clouds – but temperatures climbing up to around 50 degrees. That’s not too bad, but gradually we’ll see showers move in and rain/thunder tomorrow as winter sets in.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
Let’s jump to the precipitation timing, because we now know it’s going to be much colder by Tuesday across all of Minnesota.
We’re talking about some lighter rain moving in by this evening, possibly as early as 8 or 9 p.m., but most rain would come later:
It’s later in the day that we’d start to see the changeover to snow or mixed showers, closer to evening. Before that we still see some showers/possible thunderstorms.
By afternoon we’ve switched to lighter showers, as we watch a larger blob of showers and mixed/snow showers moving in. That would represent any snow accumulations we might see – which should be minor. What’s more important to note is the flash freeze that’ll happen as we, seemingly on a dime, switch from temperatures around 40-50 to around 18-20 degrees. Any lingering wetness will freeze and create slick conditions by Monday night to Tuesday.
Here’s the future radar Monday afternoon:
Note the snow trying to claw in from the Dakotas. We’re not expecting much (as I just mentioned above, flash freeze is going to be a more significant threat than the minor amount of snow that’ll fall for us), but areas in northern Minnesota and beyond will expect a more significant snow event.
Stay tuned for more updates.
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.