A windy Saturday, with near-normal temps; lighter winds on Sunday

Winter weather advisory in parts of SW Minn. Saturday

Most of Minnesota will go through the weekend without any additional snow. Parts of northeastern Minnesota could see a few scattered light snow showers or flurries Saturday morning.

Blowing snow in some areas

A low pressure system will track from south-central Canada to just north of Lake Superior today, bringing strong winds to Minnesota and adjacent states.

Winds of 18-28 mph, with gusts of 30 to 35 mph or higher, will develop Saturday afternoon across much of Minnesota. Even stronger winds are expected in parts of southwestern Minnesota, with some gusts as high as 45 mph.

Here are forecast wind gusts at mid-afternoon:

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

A winter weather advisory for blowing snow and reduced visibilities covers five southwestern Minnesota counties from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday:

Winter weather advisory (blue) 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Saturday
National Weather Service

Here are details of the advisory:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 310 AM CST Sat Feb 17 2024 MNZ071-072-080-081-097-171800- /O.CON.KFSD.WW.Y.0008.240217T1600Z-240218T0000Z/ Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Cottonwood-Pipestone- 310 AM CST Sat Feb 17 2024 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Blowing snow expected. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Cottonwood and Pipestone Counties. * WHEN...From 10 AM this morning to 6 PM CST this evening. * IMPACTS...Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility in open areas. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...In addition to the blowing snow, drifting snow across roadways may melt and refreeze, impacting travel with slick conditions resulting from blow ice. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Use caution while traveling, especially in open areas. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Patchy areas of blowing snow are possible elsewhere in Minnesota today.

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

Updated forecast information will be posted by the National Weather Service offices in the Twin CitiesDuluthLa Crosse, Wis., Sioux Falls, S.D. and Grand Forks, N.D.

Weekend temps

The Twin Cities average high temp is 29 degrees on Feb. 17. Metro area highs will be very close to average Saturday afternoon.

Much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have high temps in the upper 20s to lower 30s:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Some mid to upper 30s are possible in west-central Minnesota and up toward Moorhead.

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

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service


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

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