Minneapolis’ National Night Out Forecast

National Night Out forecast for Minneapolis and St. Paul

Today is National Night Out, and that means we’re hoping for a quiet forecast in the Twin Cities area. We get that, sort of, but we also see some afternoon shower/storm chances that try to sneak into the BBQ time tonight.

We’ll talk about that in a moment, but first, here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):


So back to those poorly-timed shower/storm chances in the Twin Cities area tonight. The big question, of course, is “Will these storms impact tonight’s BBQs?”

Here’s the future radar as isolated storms (note the word isolated – that means most of us won’t be seeing rain, but some will) arrive right around 4:30 – 5 p.m. this evening:


It’s a big question mark regarding where those little blobs you’re seeing above will form. As mentioned above, you’ll likely avoid rain – but it’ll be OK to worry a little bit, especially if you’re helping set up for a 5 p.m. barbecue in your neighborhood.

By 6-7 p.m. any showers that do pop up should be long-gone, either dying or just moving away:


The hard part about tonight’s storm chances is that we should be actually hoping for rain, because after today we go at least 4-6 days without any good chances for rain moving back in. Instead, we just get lots of heat and additional humidity – minus the rain.

Stay tuned!

Aaron Shaffer About Aaron Shaffer
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.