Cold front: Temps plunge…May snowfall?

Only in Minnesota.

Temperatures hit 80 degrees in southern Minnesota Tuesday for the first time since April 1st and only the second time this year. I hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of weather bliss.

Temperatures push 80 degrees in southern Minnesota Tuesday. Note the colder air in the Dakotas pushing in from the west.

A powerful cold front is spawning storms into Wisconsin as blustery west winds drop temperatures 20 degrees in just a few hours. The front is part of a larger weather system and pattern change that will send waves of chilly air and rain our way over the next 72 hours. Temperatures will bottom out in the mid 40s in southern Minnesota and 30s in the north Wednesday morning. That's a 35+ degree temp drop for many Minnesota locations in 12 hours!

It appears the threat for severe weather will stay east of the metro Tuesday evening. But a few storms parts of Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and eastern Iowa.

Soaking rain by Friday?

Signs continue to point to a soaking rainfall Thursday night and Friday for much of Minnesota. This would be good news for the drought plagued north, and for many other areas that could use the moisture.

May snow up north?

There is some indication that the air could be cold enough in the lowest 5,000 feet to produce wet snow in the northern half of Minnesota Friday. We'll have to keep an eye on the possibility of accumulating wet snow up north. After the first snowless March on record for many Minnesota locations, it figures we'd see a chance of snow in May.

NAM 84 hour snowfall forecast hints at accumulating snow north of the metro Friday.

Only in Minnesota.

PH

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