Mild temps Sunday and beyond; Mix of rain & snow Monday afternoon/evening

No cold outbreaks in sight

Saturday was much milder than Friday, when highs were in the single digits.

The Saturday afternoon high temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 28 degrees. That’s a few degrees warmer than the average Feb. 4 Twin Cities high temp of 25 degrees. Much of southwestern Minnesota and parts of west-central and south-central Minnesota had Saturday highs in the 30s.

Sunday highs will be fairly mild in most areas.

Sunday highs reach the lower 30s in portions of southern Minnesota, with mainly 20s elsewhere:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Looking ahead to the coming week, Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the upper 30s on Monday, followed by mid-30s Tuesday, then upper 30s Wednesday and Thursday and lower 30s on Friday.

Temperatures may be a bit above normal next weekend and into the following week, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center:

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Temperature outlook Feb. 12 through Feb. 18
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Rain and snow chances?

Parts of far northern Minnesota could see some periods of light snow showers Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night. A passing light snow shower is also possible in northwestern Wisconsin late Saturday night.

A low pressure system is expected to spread a mix of rain and snow across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Monday afternoon and evening. The precipitation may be mainly snow by Monday evening in central and northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from noon Monday to 11 p.m. Monday:

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Simulated radar from noon Monday to 11 p.m. Monday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

You can find updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and on the MPR News live weather blog.

Weather nugget

The warmest Feb. 4 high temperature in Twin Cities weather records is 51 degrees, set in 2005. The Twin Cities also had a high temp of 51 degrees the following day, setting a new Twin Cities record high for Feb. 5.

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.