This isn’t what we signed up for! Right? We were just seeing some warmth in 50s, and that 65 degree day on Wednesday… and now our Twin Cities temperatures dip to the 30s for highs.
Luckily, it’s a short-lived dip to the 30s – but it’ll still take some time for our temperatures to build back to the 60s. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 day forecast:
Unfortunately, what you can’t really see in this 7-day forecast, is that there’s a larger warming trend set up for about eight days out (yes, that puts it at next weekend… but wait a couple of days to make your outdoor plans, just in case…).
Here’s the future temperature map today (left, with blue/purple indicating cold air), just to set the stage, with temperatures about a mile up in the atmosphere. To the right is temperatures Friday night to Saturday, once the warming sets in:
By Friday we’re seeing the potential for temps near 50 degrees returning, after a week of fluctuations. By Saturday we’re seeing potential for mid to upper 50s. The best part is that there isn’t any “for sure” switch back to winter after that.
We’ll see how it all develops, because we’re talking about temps past the trustworthy period in computer models, but knowing it’s spring helps add some confidence to this forecast. 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.