Friday: Spring weekend ahead for Minneapolis – including warmth and rain

We’re looking for a very spring-like weekend as we officially enter our first weekend of spring in the Twin Cities. It’ll be complete with warmth, sun, and some rain as well.

With most snow gone from areas that aren’t snowbanks, we’re close to reaching the best warming potential (especially in the sun) that we can reach at this point. Yesterday we hit our first 50 degree day since November, and there’s more where that came from. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:


Saturday looks fantastic. Light winds, sunshine, and warmer temperatures. You’ll see our best weather day likely since October/September. Into Sunday, now, our shower chances have diminished. Previously we were looking at measurable rain, for sure. Now there’s a chance of measurable rain combined with clouds. Here’s the future radar map for Sunday morning:

Note that circled area – that’s where rain nudges up against the Twin Cities metro area and southern Minnesota. We’ll definitely see at least a few raindrops in Minneapolis, but the question will be if we end up seeing anything extra.

Looking ahead, we cool off again after this storm system above drags down cold, Canadian, air. Monday and Tuesday we’ll start cooler, and gradually warm to what looks like our warmest temps of the year (so far) on Wednesday. Then, by Thursday, we look for our next rain chances. The storm setup looks surprisingly similar to Sunday’s storm, but with more moisture to work with:

At this point, Thursday looks like a day to expect rain, with the amounts and timing still in question. After that we’ll see another cooldown move in, just in time for next weekend. 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.