Friday stays warmer but also very windy, with gusts that could exceed 40 mph. That wind pattern also draws in enough moisture for areas of precipitation by the afternoon.
The southerly winds that helped temperatures rise Thursday increased overnight, bring Minnesota gusty conditions that will last through Friday afternoon. Much of the state can expect gusts over 30 mph, with some spots exceeding 40 mph, and the wind conditions have already prompted a wind advisory in southwestern Minnesota until 1 p.m.
Because the winds stay out of the south, temperatures remain above average. In fact, the morning is starting off very mild with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Highs will make it into the upper 30s and 40s, and southwestern Minnesota may even see a couple 50s.
The eastern edge of the state could see some light rain and snow mix in the afternoon and evening.
Any snow in northeastern Minnesota should remain under an inch. For the Twin Cities, there could be a few sprinkles or light rain in the evening.
A more significant snowfall targets southern Minnesota over the weekend. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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