Weekend forecast: Snow moves in on Saturday; a quiet Sunday

Snow amounts highest in southern Minnesota

The weekend snow picture is becoming clearer. Snow is expected to spread across much of Minnesota and Wisconsin as we go through Saturday. The snow lingers through Saturday evening in most areas, then it tapers off from west to east later Saturday night.

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

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

At this point, it looks like snow will start in the Twin Cities metro area Saturday afternoon. Several inches of snow are possible Saturday into Saturday night in the metro area and much of southern and central Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin. Lighter snow amounts are expected in far northern Minnesota.

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

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 24 degrees on Jan. 24. Metro area highs are expected to be around 20 degrees this Saturday. Highs in the 20s are expected across southern and Minnesota, with mainly teens elsewhere:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Saturday wind gusts are expected to be in the 10-15 mph range in most areas, but wind gusts could reach 20 mph in southwestern Minnesota:

Saturday noon forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 10 knots equal to 11.5 mph.

Back to temperatures, Sunday highs will reach the 20s in the southern half of Minnesota plus western Wisconsin:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Sunday highs will be in the teens in most of northern Minnesota, with single-digit highs in parts of northwestern Minnesota.

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