Some sunshine finally returns Thursday

High temperatures warm slightly, but are still 5 to 10 degrees below average

Minnesota finally sees a few more breaks of sunshine Thursday, and temperatures continue to nudge slightly milder.

Thursday’s forecast

Although the low pressure that plagued Minnesota the first half of the week has finally moved out, the state is still under low clouds and a northerly flow Thursday morning.

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6:30 a.m. Thursday satellite image
NOAA

The clouds kept temperatures from dropping much overnight, so most of the state is starting in the 30s, which is near to slightly above average.

It is also producing a couple very isolated areas of light snow or flurries, mostly in central Minnesota, and a few sprinkles south. 

This should end as clouds lift during the morning, and by the afternoon, we can expect a few more breaks of sunshine.

The additional sunshine warms us a couple degrees from Wednesday’s highs in the 30s and 40s. Most of the state makes it into the 40s Thursday afternoon, with the Twin Cities near 50.

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Thursday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Temperatures turn even milder as we head toward the weekend, putting most of the state back near the average highs for mid-April, which are in the 50s. Then cooler weather returns next week. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m. 

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