Clouds again on Monday; rain/snow mix in northern Minnesota, rain south

Wet snow accumulates in the north Monday night and Tuesday

Our Sunday high temp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 55 degrees. That’s very close to our average April 11 high in the Twin Cities, which is 56 degrees.

Much of Minnesota will have Monday highs in the 40s. The Twin Cities metro area, southeastern Minnesota and most of western Wisconsin will reach the 50s:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Winds pick up on Monday, with gusts of 20 mph or greater in many locations:

Monday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 20 knots equal to 23 mph.

Rain and snow

Northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin have the best chance of rain Sunday night, with scattered showers possible elsewhere.

A mix of rain and snow is expected in much of northern Minnesota on Monday, with rain at times in central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The mix changes to mainly snow in the north Monday night, with a rain/snow mix elsewhere. Accumulating snow is expected in northwestern Minnesota and parts of north-central Minnesota Monday night into Tuesday. Parts of northeastern Minnesota and central Minnesota may also see a bit of accumulation.

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

Simulated radar Monday through Tuesday morning
NOAA, via

It looks like Twin Cities metro area will see rain showers at times on Monday, with a rain/snow mix possible by late Monday night. We could see a light coating of snow Tuesday morning.

Here’s the NWS description of northeastern Minnesota rain and snow potential:

Rain and snow potential for northeastern Minnesota
National Weather Service

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.

Temperature trends

Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see highs in the 40s on Tuesday, then temps recover on Wednesday and Thursday.

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the lower 40s on Tuesday, followed by around 50 degrees on Wednesday and mid 50s Thursday and Friday.

Near-normal or slightly below normal temps are on tap for next weekend, and that trend could continue into the start of the following week. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a slight tendency for below-normal temps in portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin from April 17 through April 21:

April 17 through April 21
NWS Climate Prediction Center

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