We have to deal with one more cold day in the Twin Cities’ forecast before we finally start to warm up. Today we’ll close in on 12 degrees for our highs, before jumping up into the middle 20s tomorrow. Keep in mind, we have average highs now in the upper 20s.
By Wednesday, for the first time in some time, we climb above average. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
So what’s the deal with the cold, and where is the warmer air? Here’s a look at the weather setup today, with pinks and purples indicating cold air, and greens and darker blues indicating warmer air:
We benefit on Tuesday to Wednesday with the warm-up, because the warmer air comes from the drier southwest. Note those greens over Salt Lake City and SW Wyoming. That’s the warmer air that’ll move in to the Midwest and Minnesota.
When you get dry, warm, air moving overhead, that’s how you get a beautiful 35° day in February. If the warmer air were coming from the Southeast, say, Illinois, then we’d likely have more moisture in the air, and end up with fog/mist/drizzle and overcast conditions.
Enjoy the warm-up that’s coming up, and know that we only have one more day (today) of the cold!
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.