A pleasant Saturday in most areas

Morning shower chance SW Minn.

Typical or normal weather can be very pleasant on April 17.

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 59 degrees this time of year. The metro area will top out in the upper 50s this Saturday. Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have Saturday highs in the 50s:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Wind gusts will be in the 12-16 mph range in many spots this afternoon:

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

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 13 knots equal to 15 mph.

Clouds and sun

Parts of southwestern Minnesota could see a passing shower Saturday morning, but most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have a dry day.

Morning clouds will be thickest in west-central and southwestern Minnesota, and northern Minnesota will have the most morning sunshine. Sunshine and patchy clouds are on tap for most areas Saturday afternoon.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential cloud coverage Saturday and Saturday evening:

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Simulated cloud cover Saturday and Saturday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

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.

Update

The Updraft blog will be updated around 10:15 a.m. with Sunday forecast details plus a look at the week ahead.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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