Showers today and chilly temperatures tomorrow for Minneapolis forecast
We’re looking at some shower and thunderstorm chances today in the Twin Cities’ forecast as we see a cold front push through the region. Temperatures are set to drop significantly below average for a series of days, down about 10-15 degrees below average.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
There’s so much to talk about, so we can combine a little of it together: Showers today and our incoming cold front. It’s a pretty substantial drop in temperatures on the way, and we’ll see it coming in (identified by showers on future radar) by this afternoon:
In that map above the yellow arrows indicate where the showers/cold front will be moving, while the blue arrows indicate the colder air moving in behind it.
That’s by 3 p.m., and you can see how close the showers are to Minneapolis/St. Paul. We could see rain in the Twin Cities as early as late afternoon, with more moderate shower chances building in gradually. Here’s the future radar by about 6 p.m.:
After today/tonight’s showers, we’ll dry out slightly by tomorrow and Wednesday – but we still see unsettled weather and additional light shower chances due to instability in the atmosphere. Cold air funneled in aloft helps destabilize things (if you think about the fact that hot air rises), and that helps create additional rain chances.
Temperatures, then, fall into the middle 50s. By Friday/Saturday we’ll have to be watching the overnight lows for frost chances, before we finally swing back up temperature-wise. 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.