Warmer and wet in Minneapolis’ forecast
We finally get a bit warmer today in the Twin Cities – but all that warming comes at a price. We’ll be watching rain move in tonight, stick around tomorrow, and by Friday transition (for some) into a fairly major winter storm.
We’ll talk about all of that in a moment, but first here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
We kick things off tonight with some rain moving into the area. It’s possible that we could see showers as early as between 5-6 p.m. tonight:
You can see in the future radar image above that the heaviest showers (seen in dark green and yellow) are still in western Minnesota by 6 p.m. tonight. Those showers gradually slide east, picking up over the Twin Cities:
After those showers slide through tonight, overnight into Thursday, we’ll actually get a period of quieter weather for much of the day on Thursday. That’s when we wait for our next, larger, storm to slide in for Friday.
As of right now, and this could change, it looks like the next storm will bring more cold temperatures, as well as more rain changing to snow. That snow accumulation could change, but in the Twin Cities it looks like a couple inches of snow. In areas to our west/north those totals could be much higher.
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.