Rain arrives today in Minneapolis forecast
We’re already looking at some nearby rain moving into Minnesota, set to impact the Twin Cities as we head through the day today. Here’s a look at the rain on radar view as of 8 a.m. this morning:
Rain still needs to form/move north in order to really impact the Twin Cities, but gradually we’ll see the rain move in. Heading overnight to tomorrow we could even see some brief periods of all snow, vs. all rain, before it all melts and transitions back to rain.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
I think it’s important to pause the rain talk for a moment and talk about the cold air moving in next week. Look at Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Temperatures tumble from the 40s and 50s we’ve been seeing to highs near 30 degrees. Yikes.
A cold air blob circles right over the Midwest at that point, but thankfully circles right back out of the region as we head back into next weekend.
Here’s the temperature map as we head into the cold zone:
You’re looking at temperatures a mile up in the atmosphere during the cooldown that nudge to near-zero levels, which will allow overnight lows to get near 20 degrees overnight at the surface (where we are). Yikes. This is a major sign that winter is coming.
Back to the rain
We still have that rain to talk about today through tomorrow. Today’s rain chances are more just “light rain” or spotty rain. We’re not going to see much in the way of accumulation – at least not likely to.
Here’s the future radar that shows why:
That future radar image above shows how we’re kind of in the no man’s land today. Rain tries to nudge in from the south and west – and barely is able to. That keeps us in the question mark zone for rain today.
Looking toward overnight hours we’ll see the better chance for accumulations move in, while simultaneously cooling off into the middle 30s. That means rain with a chance of snow:
After that, we’ll see the rain start to gradually move east/northeast throughout Sunday. By Sunday night we’ll see rain taper and we dry out overnight into early Monday. 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.