Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 70 degrees on Sept. 19. We’re expecting the metro area highs in the upper 60s this Saturday.
Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see Saturday highs in the 60s, with some 70s in southwestern Minnesota:
Winds pick up a bit Saturday afternoon, with gusts of 15-25 mph:
Plotted values are in knots, with 16 knots equal to around 18 mph and 20 knots equal to 23 mph. Sunday will also be breezy.
Sunday highs reach the 70s in most of Minnesota, with parts of western Wisconsin touching 70 degrees:
Northeastern Minnesota will have Sunday highs in the 60s.
Saturday looks dry. Scattered showers could move into western Minnesota Sunday afternoon, then spread into portions of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Sunday evening and overnight Sunday night. Any showers in the Twin Cities metro area will probably hold off until after sunset on Sunday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System (GFS) model shows the potential rain pattern Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening:
We’re seeing spotty fall color in the Twin Cities metro area, but our peak fall colors don’t typically arrive in the metro area until sometime in October.
Fall colors are popping in parts of northern Minnesota. Here’s the latest fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
Portions of northwestern Minnesota are showing the most fall color right now. Keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included in the fall color report, not just maples.
Here are some fall color details for Itasca State Park:
Zing! Came the frost. Pop! Go the colors! Color is advancing throughout the park after recent frosts last week. All varieties of Itasca's trees are showing some signs of color change, unusual for this time in September. From the typical ash, basswoods and maple to birch, oak and tamarack. We are quickly moving into the 25 to 30% color change from the understory thru the shrub layer and to the tree tops.
The Wisconsin fall color report can be found here.
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