Frigid Tuesday; light snow for Wednesday as temperatures begin to moderate

The weather word for Tuesday is “frigid.”

Sprawling Arctic high pressure is bringing unseasonably cold weather to much of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.

Temperatures across Minnesota fall mostly into the single digits above and below zero by Tuesday’s sunrise. Cook, in north-central Minnesota, reported 15 below at 7 a.m.

Afternoon highs will be mainly in the teens in eastern Minnesota to mid-20s in western parts of the state where southerly winds will do a little warming.

The Twin Cities should have a high near 20 on a day when the average high temperature is 43. Winds will be light this morning and then increase to 10-20 mph from the south.

Cold sunshine will give way to increasing clouds from the northwest as Tuesday progresses.

Alberta clipper for Wednesday

A weak Alberta clipper weather system will bring light snow to Minnesota beginning Tuesday night in the northwest and then spreading southeast on Wednesday.

Forecast weather map for Wednesday
Forecast surface weather map for Wednesday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Most of Minnesota should pick up a thin layer of light, fluffy snow. Accumulations are likely to be an inch or less for most of the state. Some accumulations of one to two inches are possible from eastern Minnesota into Wisconsin.

Snowfall forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday
Snowfall forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Now some good news

Tuesday is likely to be our coldest day for at least the next week. And no major storms are brewing for our near future.

Highs on Wednesday should range from the low 20s in the north to the low 30s in southwestern Minnesota.

Thursday will see the cold high pressure blanketing the middle of the country continuing to moderate.

Forecast weather map for Thursday
Forecast surface weather map for Thursday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

We should be able to enjoy near-normal high temperatures by the weekend. That’s courtesy of the air warming gradually and the average high temperatures continuing to slide as winter approaches. The Twin Cities could easily have highs near 40 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Forecast high temperatures for Saturday
Forecast high temperatures for Saturday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Weekend precipitation

Another Alberta clipper is likely to target us with rather light precipitation over the weekend. Milder temperatures could bring us a mix of rain and snow for Saturday and Saturday night.

Milder next week

We should be able to shed our winter coats and return to fall fashions next week. The temperature probability outlook for next Sunday through Thursday is for the likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures for our part of the country.

Temperature probability next Sunday through Thursday
Temperature probability next Sunday through Thursday
NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Before you go...

MPR News is dedicated to bringing you clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives when we need it most. We rely on your help to do this. Your donation has the power to keep MPR News strong and accessible to all during this crisis and beyond.