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.
High temperatures in Minnesota will reach the 30s north with some 40s south through Saturday.
A cold front pushes south this weekend.
The inbound wintry air mass will be brief, but keep highs in the 10s north and 20s south Sunday and Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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