Mainly dry weekend weather. Coolest and breeziest day will be Saturday

Updated Minnesota snow depth map

Cross-country skiers ski acros the park
Cross-country skiers ski across the Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis on Thursday.
Kerem Yücel | MPR News

Our weekend weather won’t interfere with too many outdoor plans. It’ll be good weather for cross-country skiers, snowboarders and kids who want to use their sleds.

Minnesota snow depths

The snow that arrived Wednesday and lasted into Wednesday night blanketed much of the southern half of Minnesota. The Minnesota State Climatology Office released the updated snow depth map on Thursday:

Minnesota snow depth Thursday morning
Minnesota State Climatology Office

The green-shaded areas have between 4 and 8 inches of snow cover, with 2 to 4 inches in the areas that are shaded yellow.

Weekend temperatures

The coldest weekend temperatures will be early Saturday morning, with many spots dipping into the single digits:

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Saturday morning forecast lows
National Weather Service

Temperatures will recover nicely on Saturday with afternoon highs in the 30s in most areas:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Parts of far northern Minnesota will top out in the upper 20s.

Twin Cities metro area highs will be in the lower 30s Saturday. That’s slightly milder than the average Feb. 17 Twin Cities high temperature of 29 degrees.

Winds will be gusty Saturday afternoon, topping 30 mph at times:

Saturday 3 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Sunday highs will be in the 30s across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with some 20s in far northern Minnesota:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Weekend looks dry

Parts of far northern Minnesota could see some light snow showers or flurries Saturday morning, but most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin should have a dry weekend.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High Resolution Rapid-Refresh forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 4 a.m. to noon on Saturday:

Simulated radar from 4 a.m. Saturday to noon Saturday
NOAA, via

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