Monday: Melting and Rain Complicate Minneapolis Forecast

After a week away (sorry, I needed to escape this winter!) were were lucky to get in at MSP on Saturday evening, where they were furiously working to keep the airport open. They’re amazing.

After rain/sleet/ice turned to snow, we ended up with a sloppy mess underneath fresh snow in the Twin Cities on Sunday, which was enhanced as sun (equal in strength now to about mid-September, believe it or not) started created giant puddles of melt. Those giant puddles give us a taste of what’s to come as rain moves in this week and temperatures rise.

When we mention rain, it’s a serious amount. We’re talking about possibly 2″ (or more) of rain over the course of the week. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:

Notice, also, the warming mid-week. I kept things conservative for now – but those Wednesday-Thursday highs could push into the lower 40s.

Forecast precipitation between now and Friday night. Each line represents one computer model’s forecast QPF, or essentially how much liquid water it’s forecasting. I circled the average and higher totals, as they seem appropriate given the system.

Two things to note about the rain/temps for this week:
1. Temperatures will stay above freezing for overnight lows for two nights, which will be the first time that’s happened in quite a while. It’ll lead to continued melting overnight, which typically is good, but…
2. Rain will pile up in areas that don’t have drain access, including against people’s homes. You might want to consider carving out channels for water to escape if possible.

Keep that in mind as we look ahead, 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.