Mild, breezy Wednesday with warmer air ahead

More seasonable temperatures return by the weekend

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Forecast highs (blue) versus normal highs (red) for the Twin Cities area the next few days
Sven Sundgaard, National Weather Service data

We’re in for a December heat wave the next few days with highs in the 40s and 50s in southern Minnesota. Cooler air is back for the weekend with some snow possible especially north.

Mild, breezy Wednesday through Friday

The next few days will be incredibly mild with temperatures averaging 15 to 30 degrees above normal for many locations. Highs Wednesday will be well into the 40s with 50s in southwestern Minnesota. 

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Forecast highs Wednesday
National Weather Service

It will be a bit breezy from the south at times as warmer air moves in. South winds will be 7-14 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

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Forecast wind gusts Wednesday
College of DuPage weather lab

Thursday will be the warmest day with widespread 50s in southern Minnesota and even some 60s potentially in southwestern Minnesota.

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Forecast highs Thursday
National Weather Service

Friday will still be mild in southern Minnesota but colder air will already be moving into northern Minnesota. 

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Forecast highs Friday
National Weather Service

Seasonable weekend temps; snow chances north and southeast

The trigger for that cold air is a clipper system that will bring rain and snow showers to northern Minnesota Friday and allow the cold air to move in its wake.

On Saturday, a separate storm to the south and southeast will develop bringing rain and snow to Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois and could clip portions of southeastern Minnesota.

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Forecast precipitation 1 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Saturday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

Portions of northern Minnesota could see a coating to as much as a couple of inches of snow in the far northwestern corner of the state.

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Various computer model forecasts for total snowfall into the weekend
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

Temperatures will be cooler for the weekend, to seasonable levels, mainly in the 20s and 30s. 

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Forecast highs Saturday
National Weather Service