Showers, storms, and clouds in Minneapolis forecast
We’re watching showers and thunderstorms brewing to our south, which will eventually make their way up into the Twin Cities metro area. They’re moving slowly, set to taunt us until they arrive:
That little shower with the yellow arrow is the one that’ll swoop through Minneapolis early on – with heavier storms in the western suburbs impacting places like Excelsior and Minnetonka early on. We’ll talk more in the moment about this, but first, here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
Looking ahead, we heave these first storms in the morning, followed by additional storms rotating in this afternoon. Here’s the future radar as that takes place around 2 p.m., +/- an hour:
While it may not directly rain right at that time over Minneapolis, we’ll definitely need to plan on that possibility. Fast-forward to around 5 p.m. and you can see showers have likely filled in a bit more by then:
What the models are showing is kind of a mesoscale convective complex, which is something fairly rare to see – and it can basically be summarized as a miniature low pressure system (mesoscale is a measure of distance).
Either way, this system rotates on out by later in the day/early evening:
That’s when we see dry/drier air start to slip in and replace the storms. We’ll quiet down overnight and then transition into a partly cloudy day on Sunday to help make up for today’s unsettled weather.
Expect weather conditions to be pretty great for Lyndale Open Streets tomorrow, so look for me if you head out!
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.