Mild Saturday temps; flake chance arrives in metro area later this afternoon

Comfortable winds

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 30 degrees on Dec. 5. We’re shooting for metro area highs in the upper 30s this Saturday. Highs in the 30s are expected across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Saturday afternoon:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Parts of west-central and southwestern Minnesota will reach the 40s.

Saturday winds will be very light in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, gusting to less than 10 mph:

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Saturday noon forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Western Minnesota will see Saturday afternoon wind gusts in the 14-19 mph range.

Plotted values are in knots, with 5 knots equal to about 6 mph and 15 knots equal to around 17 mph.

Flake chances

Spotty light snow showers and flurries will probably begin in parts of northern Minnesota this morning, then spread into portions of central and southern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin as we go through Saturday afternoon and evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern for Saturday and Saturday evening:

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Simulated radar Saturday morning through Saturday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Some areas will see a few flurries, while other areas might get a coating of light snow. There could also be a few sprinkles in the mix this afternoon. Any flurries or light snow showers in the Twin Cities metro area would tend to hold off until late afternoon and early evening.

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

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