Holiday weekend brings warmer weather and a chance for snow

High winds spread across the state Friday

After another brutally cold start Friday, temperatures are now on a warming trend that will continue into Saturday. Statewide snow is possible Monday.

Friday and Saturday

Under mostly clear skies Thursday night, temperatures plummeted by Friday morning, putting most of the state at 10 to 20 below, with even colder wind chills.

Milder air is now moving in, and temperatures will rise all of Friday, including overnight, until the entire state is back above average for Saturday.

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Saturday high temperatures
National Weather Service

The warmer air is funneling in thanks to southerly winds that will increase across western Minnesota through the morning and will bring windy conditions across the state by Friday afternoon.

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Winds Friday afternoon
National Weather Service

Southwestern Minnesota will see the highest winds, with gusts over 40 mph, so that corner of the state is under a wind advisory until 7 p.m.

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Wind advisory until 7 p.m. Friday
National Weather Service

The winds may cause areas of blowing snow Friday, especially for western Minnesota.

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Friday evening weather
National Weather Service

The same system bringing the high winds will move some light snow into northwestern Minnesota by evening, and across northern Minnesota through early Saturday, bringing less than an inch of snow to most places.

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Snow through Saturday morning
Pivotal Weather

Other parts of Minnesota may see flurries Saturday as a front passes through the state.

Sunday and Presidents Day

Behind a cold front, temperatures will be cooler on Sunday, but not unseasonably cold for February, and nothing like the arctic blast we just had.

Here is the temperature trend for the Twin Cities:

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Twin Cities temperatures trend

Northern Minnesota will only see single digits and teens for highs on Sunday. Sunday brings sunshine back across the state, but by Sunday afternoon clouds increase ahead of the next snowstorm.

Snow will start moving across the state late Sunday, and snow is possible through the day Monday.

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Storm position Monday morning
Tropical Tidbits

Southern Minnesota could see a little rain or even ice mixed in due to the temperatures. Snow totals for Monday currently look along the lines of 0 to 2 inches for southern Minnesota and 1 to 3 inches north. We will update that forecast as the system approaches.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.

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