Near 40 in southern MN, 30s up north; snow showers Thursday, colder Friday

Extended outlook looks mild into next week

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Forecast high temperatures for the Twin Cities
Sven Sundgaard, National Weather Service data

Wednesday will be our warmest day since potentially late November. Look for more sunshine with highs near 40 from the Twin Cities through southeastern Minnesota. Snow showers develop ahead of colder air Thursday.

Warmest day since Nov. 28?

Highs on Wednesday will be our warmest of this week ranging from around 40 in southeastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities to near freezing in northwestern Minnesota.

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Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
National Weather Service

Despite being very mild in January, the last time we hit 40 in the Twin Cities was Nov. 28!

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High temperatures in the Twin Cities since Nov. 20
Sven Sundgaard, National Weather Service data

We’ll also see more sunshine all day Wednesday before clouds roll back in Wednesday night.

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Snow showers Thursday, cooler Friday before warmup resumes

A clipper system and cold front will move through Minnesota Thursday touching off scattered snow showers Thursday morning north and into southern Minnesota midday into the afternoon.

Most areas will see just a coating of snow but a larger system clipping far southeastern Minnesota will bring more snowfall to those areas.

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Forecast snowfall Wednesday night through Thursday night
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

A winter storm watch is out for just Houston County in far southeastern Minnesota. Northeastern Iowa into southern Wisconsin will see more than 6 inches of snow in some areas.

A winter storm watch clips far southeastern Minnesota's Houston County Wednesday night into Thursday night.
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

We’ll also see windy conditions develop again Thursday as cooler air spills across Minnesota. Winds will be 10-20 mph from the northwest with higher gusts.

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Forecast winds Thursday
College of DuPage weather lab

Behind the front Friday, temperatures will be mainly in the 20s Friday for just one day.

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Forecast high temperatures Friday
National Weather Service

We pop right back up into the 30s this weekend.

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Forecast high temperatures Saturday
National Weather Service

The extended outlook continues to look mild through the middle of next week with highs in the 30s, maybe even near 40 again.

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6 to 10-day temperature outlook
NOAA Climate Prediction Center