Weekend weather: Mild Saturday temps, then cooler on Sunday

Dry weekend in most areas

Friday in St. Paul
Ron Trenda/MPR News

We had plenty of Friday sunshine and we’ll also enjoy a bright Saturday. Sunshine is especially nice in November, since this is typically our cloudiest month of the year.

Weekend temps and winds

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 37 degrees on Nov. 26. Metro area highs will reach the lower 50s this Saturday. Highs in the 50s are expected Saturday across roughly the southern third of Minnesota, plus west-central Wisconsin:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Much of central and northern Minnesota will have highs in the 40s, with some upper 30s to the northwest.

Saturday will be a bit breezy, with afternoon wind gusts in the 16 to 24 mph range in many areas:

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Saturday noon forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 19 knots equal to 21.9 mph.

Sunday highs will be in the 30s in most areas:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Sunday wind gusts will be in the 15 to 20 mph range in many locations:

Sunday noon forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Sunday afternoon wind chill temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s:

Sunday noon forecast wind chill
National Weather Service

Mainly dry this weekend

We don’t expect a lot of weather drama in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Areas near the South Shore of Lake Superior could see a wintry mix develop on Sunday. Here’s a description of that wintry mix potential in north-central Wisconsin on Sunday, from the Duluth NWS office:

Ashland and Iron Counties will have a chance for lake-effect precip as cold northerly winds occur. This lake-effect precip is currently forecast to start off as freezing drizzle, potentially resulting in light ice accumulations. This freezing drizzle will likely transition to snow by the afternoon, producing light snow accumulations. If you have travel plans near the South Shore on Sunday, allow for extra time and use reduced speed on snow and/or ice covered roads.

Here is the forecast timing of that potential wintry mix:

Sunday precipitation potential along and near the South Shore
National Weather Service

Next week

A batch of snow will move across portions of northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin late Sunday night and on Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 3 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Monday:

Simulated radar from 3 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Monday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

A batch of snow could move across central and southern Minnesota, plus portions of Wisconsin, on Tuesday. We’ll have more info on that in the coming days.

We have updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and on the MPR News live weather blog.

Temps retreat after a mild Monday

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the lower 40s on Monday, followed by mid 30s Tuesday and mid 20s on Wednesday.

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. Saturday and Sunday.