It’s here. It’s finally here!
What am I talking about? It’s the warm-up in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We’re already at 19° above zero as of this writing, with more warming set to push up up to 28° by this afternoon.
Allow me to speak for most Minnesotans: We’re ready for some [slightly] warmer weather. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7-Day forecast (and St. Paul 7-day forecast):
So what can we thank for a more than 30° relative warm-up, as compared to this time last week? A huge change in the weather patterns. This is the pattern we were looking at yesterday – with that giant blob of bluish-white indicating that extreme Arctic air we’ve been living in:
Note those greens and blues that were headed in our direction. That’s the more typical winter-like air we’d expect, or even above-average.
We stay that way (above average) in the Twin Cities’ forecast until Wednesday night – then Thursday we’re set to see our temperatures plummet as we pick up some possible snow. How much snow is still TBD, with models once again all over the place. 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.