Cold, sunny Wednesday; rain, snow, thunder Thursday into Friday

Severe storms possible in far southern Minnesota late Thursday

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Complex spring storm forecast Thursday into Friday
National Weather Service

Expect cold sunshine Wednesday with temperatures well below normal. A complex spring storm brings rain, thunder and snow Thursday into early Saturday. Severe storms are possible in far southern Minnesota late Thursday.

Cold temperatures and sun Wednesday

It was frigid early Wednesday with lots of subzero low temperatures across northern and western Minnesota in the wake of Tuesday’s clipper system, which brought an inch or so of snow to some places.

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Low temperatures at 7 a.m. Wednesday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

High pressure parked in the region Wednesday will keep things mostly sunny.

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High pressure and visible satellite imagery early Wednesday
College of DuPage weather lab

Temperatures will be well below normal Wednesday with highs ranging from the upper teens in the northwest to around 30 in southeastern Minnesota.

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Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
National Weather Service

Rain, snow, freezing temps in Thursday storm

Rain and snow showers and possibly freezing rain develops Thursday afternoon into Thursday night with thunderstorms even in southern Minnesota.

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Forecast precipitation 2 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

Ice accumulation will occur where temperatures remain below freezing as rain falls in north-central Minnesota.

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Forecast potential ice accumulation Thursday into Thursday night
National Weather Service

Northern Minnesota will see snowfall Thursday night with widely variable amounts as we’ll see bands of heavy snow develop.

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Forecast snowfall Thursday into Thursday night
National Weather Service

There’s a general risk of thunderstorms across southern Minnesota Thursday evening and overnight. Some storms along the Minnesota, Iowa border could contain hail.

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Severe weather risk Thursday
NOAA Storm Prediction Center

There’s also a marginal risk of severe weather along the Minnesota and Iowa border Friday with a greater risk south of severe storms.

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Severe weather risk Friday
NOAA Storm Prediction Center

Friday night is when we will see snow fall across southern Minnesota as colder air works into the back side of the system.

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Forecast precipitation 7 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, via Pivotal Weather

Rain and thunder Friday afternoon will quickly turn to heavy snow.

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Forecast chance of 2 or more inches of snow Friday into Friday night
National Weather Service

In addition to the wintry precipitation winds will really increase late Friday with 40 to 52 mph wind gusts possible.

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Forecast wind gusts developing by late Friday
National Weather Service

Most of Minnesota will see at least some snowfall Thursday into Saturday.

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Forecast total snowfall through early Saturday
National Weather Service

Temperatures will then warm to near 50 degrees by Sunday and Monday making the fresh snow short-lived.