Pleasant Saturday, flakes possible in parts of Minnesota Sunday

Weekend temps slightly above normal

We’ll have pleasant weather across much of Minnesota on Saturday.

The average Twin Cities high temperature is 34 degrees this time of year. Metro area highs will be in the upper 30s to around 40 Saturday afternoon.

Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have highs in the 30s today, with some lower 40s in parts of southwestern and south-central Minnesota:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Similar high temps are on tap for Sunday:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Flake chances

Some locations in the upper Midwest will see snow at times Saturday evening into Sunday, due to an upper level disturbance which will combine with a low pressure system tracking to our southeast.

Parts of eastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois and portions of southern and central Wisconsin could see an inch or two of snow from Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Lighter snow accumulations of generally less than one inch are possible Saturday night into early Sunday morning in southeastern Minnesota. A few occasional flurries are possible late Saturday night into Sunday morning in the Twin Cities metro area. Periods of light snow or flurries are possible Saturday evening into Sunday in portions of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday:

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Simulated radar from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network.

Update

A new Updraft will be posted around 10:40 a.m. today. It will include a look at the week ahead.

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. each Saturday and Sunday