A windy Saturday; northern Minnesota could see some rain/snow showers

Temps dip later in the day

Happy Halloween!

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 51 degrees on Oct. 31. Many spots in the metro area will top out in the mid 50s this Saturday afternoon, with falling temps late this afternoon and evening. Southern Minnesota will have highs in the 50s, with 40s in northern Minnesota;

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

If you have outdoor activities later in the day, check out this graphic that shows the falling temps:

Halloween temperatures
National Weather Service

Windy Saturday

Winds will gust from 25 to 35 mph in many areas Saturday and Saturday evening. Even higher gusts, in the 35 to 50 mph range, are possible in northwestern Minnesota and parts of west-central Minnesota:

Saturday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted values are in knots, with 21 knots equal to around 24 mph and 36 knots equal to around 41 mph.

A wind advisory has been issued for northwestern Minnesota and a portion of west-central Minnesota for Saturday afternoon and evening:

Wind advisory Saturday afternoon and evening
National Weather Service

You can hear updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Rain and snow chances

Northern Minnesota could see some scattered rain showers this Saturday. The rain showers could mix with a few snowflakes by late afternoon and evening, followed by some areas of snow showers Saturday night. Central and southern Minnesota, plus western Wisconsin, will have a chance of scattered sprinkles late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows this potential precipitation pattern Saturday through Saturday night:

Simulated radar Saturday through Saturday night
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

The south may even see a stray flurry after midnight and before sunrise on Sunday.

This Updraft blog will be updated around 10 a.m. with your Sunday forecast details plus a look at some days in the 60s next week.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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