One more arctic night in Minneapolis weather forecast
As of this writing, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) we’re sitting at -28°, with a windchill near -50°.
Have you been outside yet? This type of cold has a different feeling than anything most of us have ever felt. It’s piercing. I’d imagine it’s what someone who grew up in Los Angeles would feel if they experienced cold 50 degrees warmer than this, because it’s all relative.
Looking ahead, we have one more night of extreme cold conditions before we start to gradually (and then quickly) warm. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7-day forecast:
One last major cold night tonight (again, unlike what most of us have seen since the mid-90s in Minneapolis/St. Paul), and then we start to see a quick climb. Quick enough that as warm air moves in on Thursday we could see some minor snow accumulations that’ll make everyone’s evening commute fairly treacherous.
Keep in mind that it’s very hard for Minneapolis temperatures to reach sub-zero highs (to not go above zero). We’re cold, but not *that* cold usually… so it takes a very uniquely cold air mass to keep us sub-zero for an entire day – let along 70+ hours.
Looking ahead, we have a rain/snow mix on the way for Sunday night that we’ll keep an eye on. If it’s mostly rain it’ll ruin the little snow we have for outdoor adventure-seekers, and if it ends up as snow we will see some significant totals. 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.