Saturday: Warming with a few shower chances in Minneapolis

Our forecast is showing signs of a warm-up in the Twin Cities and beyond… finally. We’re not just diving into summer, which we did last year – when April 30 we hit 84° and by mid-May were near or at 100°.

This year we’re taking it slow, and spring-lovers should be rejoicing. We’ll gradually climb into the lower to middle 70s by the end of the next 7 days, with just a few shower chances.

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

I can’t say it doesn’t make me happy to see those 70s in the forecast – but these steady temperatures are something we’ve been missing as well. As many folks are out planting this weekend, I don’t see any reason for them to doubt themselves… we should stay frost-free through early fall.

That map above shows the warming ridge of high pressure moving in (warmth is in greens/yellows). Those are temperatures over the Dakotas that could bring them 70s, while for us we’ll see 60s.

Tonight, as warmer air moves in, we could see a sprinkle or some light rain. Here’s the future radar around 3-4 p.m. tonight:

I circled where the showers are – because they’ll be sparse. But they will be out there, so if you’re heading out later this afternoon it’ll be worth keeping an eye out.

Other than that, we’ll see some lingering chances into early Sunday, and then clear out again after that. Enjoy the weekend, remember to call mom, 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.