Warmer weather returns to Minnesota by the weekend

Rain and snow chances stay limited into early next week

The recent cooler weather gives way to a few 60s by the weekend, under mostly sunny skies.
Temperatures turn slightly cooler again next week, along with the return of wetter weather.

Thursday’s forecast

Following another night of mostly clear skies, most of Minnesota started the day in the 20s again, with a few low 30s around the Twin Cities.

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Forecast weather pattern Thursday afternoon
National Weather Service

On Wednesday, winds switched to a more southerly flow, and winds continue to be predominantly from the south on Thursday on the backside of an area of high pressure.

That mild wind flow continues to slowly warm the state, with temperatures nudging up a couple of degrees from Thursday and more of southern and western Minnesota back into the 50s for highs.

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Thursday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Portions of southern and western Minnesota have morning fog that continue to slowly lift toward midday. In the southwestern corner of the state, fog is thick enough in some spots for a dense fog advisory to be in effect until 10 a.m.

Otherwise, under the influence of high pressure, skies remain dry and mostly sunny, with just a few more clouds through the day in southern Minnesota.

Warm weekend

Predominantly southerly winds continue Friday and turn breezier. This draws even warmer air across the state and puts most of Minnesota back into the 50s for highs.

By the weekend, most of Minnesota can expect highs at least 10 to 15 degrees above average, with almost the entire state in the 50s and a few 60s south. 

Here is that temperature forecast for the Twin Cities:

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Twin Cities forecast highs and lows through Monday
National Weather Service

The pattern shifts slightly by Monday, returning more 40s north and 50s south for highs, which will be the trend early next week, but that is still slightly above average for early November.

Dry weather also dominates the forecast through early next week. A minor disturbance Friday may bring a couple isolated rain showers to central and northern Minnesota, but otherwise the state sees mostly sunny skies through the weekend and early next week.

The next storm on the horizon looks poised to bring at least some of Minnesota rain and possible snow north by at least Wednesday.

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Precipitation forecast Wednesday evening
Tropical Tidbits

In general, the weather pattern looks set to flip from our recent dry trend to a wetter stretch for the second half of next week. 

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Precipitation outlook Nov. 9-13
National Weather Service

We will keep you posted on any possible rain or snow totals as next week approaches!

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