It’s April 13, and our average high is now up to 56 degrees in the Twin Cities. It’s time to warm up to something better than this. Thankfully, exactly that is coming – although not all at once.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:
You’re reading it right. Today we struggle to get up to 40, still 16 degrees below average. While we do it, there’s a chance for a brief snow shower as the warmer air tries to move in.
After that, we see a late-morning/midday light rain chance on Monday, as more warm air tries to arrive (warm air advection typically = clouds/rain chances/snow chances, depending on the season).
Tuesday looks fantastic, as warmer air moves in and we get sunshine and temps around 60 (or warmer). There are signs out there that if snow is gone, which it should be, that we could get into the middle 60s.
Then our next storm system arrives, which looks like a warmer, and thus rainy, version of last week’s storm. We’ll see strong winds and plenty of rain, but as of now, no snow.
That image above is next Wednesday morning, which shows the future radar as a rapidly deepening low moves into the Upper Midwest.
I’m not sure if it’ll be a “bomb cyclone” (bombogenesis, or 24mb or more of deepening in 24 hours or less – it’s been around a while, but news folks picked up on the term recently) but it’ll definitely pack punch… of rain and wind, thankfully.
Fast-forward into overnight Wednesday to Thursday, and you can see deeper greens:
What you can also see over southern MN and eastern SD are tightly packed isobars, or lines of constant pressure. That indicates the presence of wind… and a lot of it. Thursday looks, at this point, exceptionally rainy and windy. Then we clear up and warm up a bit over the weekend. 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.