Spring fever ahead? 40s and 50s look likely next week

Medium-range forecast maps look balmy for March

It’s still not even March in Minnesota. But the medium-range forecast charts looking ahead a couple of weeks into March suggest significantly milder than average temperatures are likely.

March arrives on brisk notes Monday. But it appears ready to turn quickly lamb-like for most of next week.

Warm front Thursday

Another Pacific warm front sweeps across Minnesota Thursday.

Surface weather map 6 pm Thursday
Surface weather map 6 p.m. Thursday.
NOAA

High temperatures in Minnesota will reach the 30s north with some 40s south through Saturday.

Forecast high temperatures Thursday
Forecast high temperatures Thursday
NOAA

A cold front pushes south this weekend.

Surface weather map for 6 pm Friday
Surface weather map forecast for 6 p.m. Friday.
NOAA

The inbound wintry air mass will be brief, but keep highs in the 10s north and 20s south Sunday and Monday.

Forecast high temperatures Monday
Forecast high temperatures Monday
NOAA

Bigger thaw next week

Jet stream patterns next week show huge changes. The jet stream will lift across Canada, a good 400 miles north of its typical historical early March climatology.

Upper air forecast map for 6 pm March 3
Upper air forecast map for 6 p.m. March 3.
NOAA

That will pump milder Pacific air into Minnesota once again.

Highs by next Tuesday will recover quickly into the 40s in much of southern and western Minnesota. Highs will likely push into the 50s in the now snow-free areas of western Minnesota.

Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
NOAA

Temperature guidance through next week suggests several days in the 40s and even some 50s for the Twin Cities.

Of course, we could still get cold and snow in late March, but the first two weeks of March look unseasonably mild right now.

Stay tuned.

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