40s Friday and Saturday; light snow and colder by Sunday

Temperature roller coaster ahead in the next week

Get ready for another ride on the Minnesota temperature roller coaster.

Temperatures will swing wildly over the next week in Minnesota. We start with a warming trend Friday and Saturday. Highs will reach the 40s once again as mild Pacific air blows in on breezy southwest winds Friday.

Forecast high temperatures Friday
Forecast high temperatures Friday
NOAA

Saturday brings a massive temperature contrast across the Midwest. Highs will reach the 60s as close as Kansas City. But temperatures will hover in the teens around Grand Forks. You could play golf, or carve ice sculptures within a day’s drive of the Twin Cities Saturday.

Forecast high temperatures Saturday
Forecast high temperatures Saturday
NOAA

Sunday morning snow?

Some forecast models zip a weather system through Minnesota early Sunday morning. NOAA’s GFS paints a quick-hitting snow zone in southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

NOAA GFS model Saturday
NOAA GFS model 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Overall forecast models suggest lighter snowfall totals, with the concept of 1 to 3 inches seeming plausible at this early time.

NOAA GFS model snowfall output
NOAA GFS model snowfall output
NOAA via Pivotal Weather

Thaw next week

Thursday’s forecast maps for next week are not quite as bullish on the magnitude of mild air next week. But they still pump highs into the 40s for next Tuesday.

Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
NOAA

Overall the next one to two weeks still favors milder than average temperatures.

Temperature outlook
Temperature outlook
Twin Cities National Weather Service

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