Friday: Cooler now, then warming for Minneapolis

We’re looking at temperatures about 10 degrees colder than the past two-three rainy days in the Twin Cities – but with a big improvement… sunshine returns.

After that we get a surge of warmer air that’ll push us closer to the spring-like temps we’re all expecting at this point in the year (our average high in Minneapolis/St. Paul now is about 40 degrees).

Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:

Note those tantalizingly warm temperatures as we head into the middle of next week. Part of what excites *me* about them is the addition of sunshine with the warmth… it’ll really feel like spring.

Take a look at the future temperatures map for temps about a mile up in the atmosphere, where are are Sunday afternoon:

Note that we’re still under the “cold” airmass, even though it’ll be moving east. Replacing it is a much more inviting batch of air (seen in green). That green indicates that it’s above freezing a mile up in the atmosphere.

By Tuesday the warm air has made its way overhead and we’ll see Minnesotans rejoice.

With the warm air coming by Friday-Saturday, we could potentially see our first 50s of the year… so keep an eye out and stay tuned!

Aaron Shaffer About Aaron Shaffer
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. He is Ward 8's representative on the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, 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.