Near-record highs are possible Thursday with temperatures running 15 to 30 degrees above normal. Minnesota will see snow showers to the north on Friday and statewide by Saturday.
Cooler readings are in store for the weekend but temperatures will still be above normal.
Anomalous warmth Thursday into Friday
A very mild day is on the way Thursday. Near-record highs are possible Thursday afternoon for a few spots. The record is 54 degrees in the Twin Cities, 49 in Eau Claire, Wis., and 53 in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Potential record highs are highlighted below with a box around the forecast high temperature.
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Friday will continue to be mild for southern Minnesota while northern Minnesota starts to see cooler air move in.
Cooler weekend temps; snow showers possible
A clipper system is pulling in the cooler air to the north Friday and statewide for the weekend. It will also produce some rain and snow showers for northern and especially northwestern Minnesota Friday into Friday night.
At least light snow showers will spread across the state on Saturday.
Parts of northwestern Minnesota could see up to 2 or 3 inches of snow while southern Minnesota could see a coating to about one-half inch of snow Saturday. Pictured below are the forecast high end, or 90th percentile, snowfall amounts.
It will be cooler for the weekend but still above normal slightly with highs mostly in the 30s in southern Minnesota and 20s north.
By mid to late next week more mild air is expected with highs potentially in the 40s again for southern Minnesota.