After some of our best weather days of the year in the Twin Cities over the weekend, we now return to cooler weather and April showers. In fact, we could be looking at .75″ or more of rainfall today.
It’s already been stormy as of this morning. Here’s a look at the radar view from 7 a.m., as our first batch of morning storms moves north and new ones move in:
As we head through the day today, we’ll see more in the way of showers (there’s a likely third round already near Fairmont and St. James in southern MN), clearing up as we head into tonight – with a warmer, sunny, day tomorrow.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:
As I mentioned, we’ll see more shower chances today, even after the next round of more heavy rain. Here’s the future radar closer to 1 p.m. this afternoon:
You can see (with my very well-drawn arrows) that the smaller scale storms will slide more sharply from SW to NE, indicated with the smaller arrows. We’ll see some lighter rain at this point in the day – and lighter yet later on.
Then, that larger-scale storm system will gradually slide east or northeast as we head through the day. It’ll likely be this evening that rain chances diminish enough that you can have the confidence to go outside without a raincoat.
Looking ahead, we warm up a bit and dry out a bit after this storm system. We’ll stay warmer and dry until Thursday, when we get our next rain chances. Stay tuned!
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.