Today kicks off our more “action-packed” weather period in Minneapolis/St. Paul. A progression of warm weather, clouds, and showers turning to mixed showers/snow.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
First, notice that huge drop in temperatures overnight tonight to tomorrow. After this, at least for now, the weather situation quiets down in the Twin Cities… but let’s examine today to tomorrow’s weather.
Here’s the weather set-up as of 8:30 – 9 a.m. this morning:
Note the snow showing up over the Dakotas. That’ll work its way over us by tonight. See those tiny specks over and south of Minneapolis in the image above?
That’s the rain chance brewing. By 10-11 a.m. we’ll see light rain settle in for a duration:
By afternoon the light shower chance starts to fade away, with maybe a little drizzle lingering. What we’ll be watching is the batch of rain that’ll turn to snow on the backside of this system.
Here’s the future radar 6-7 p.m. as that starts to slide in to the Twin Cities:
Right now, the computer models are showing the snow coming in on the earlier side of things… which could mean a little more snow than just a dusting. It’s possible we’ll see a brief period of heavier snow (much of which would melt, due to warm surfaces) and a very-frozen inch or so on the ground Tuesday morning when we see temperatures tumble by more than 30 degrees.
I wrote this yesterday, but tonight to tomorrow’s flash freeze will likely be the culprit of some very slippery conditions Tuesday morning. Keep that in mind as you travel tomorrow, even though all precipitation will be over.
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.