Plenty of Sunday sunshine; above-normal temps all week

No big cold snaps in sight

Our Sunday weather will be pleasant, with plenty of sunshine across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Northeastern Minnesota has seen a lot of cloudiness Sunday morning. A few spots in northeastern Minnesota have also seen a few scattered light snow showers or flurries. The clouds in northeastern Minnesota are expected to thin out during the afternoon hours.

The average Twin Cities high temperature is 30 degrees on Feb. 18. Metro area highs will be in the mid to upper 30s Sunday afternoon.

Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have Sunday highs in the 30s, with a few 20s in parts of far northern Minnesota.

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Much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see Monday high temps in the 30s, with a few lower 40s in far southern Minnesota:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Many locations will have highs in the 40s on Tuesday, with 30s in roughly the northern third of Minnesota:

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Tuesday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the lower 40s on Tuesday, followed by mid 40s Wednesday and lower 40s on Thursday, ending the week with a Friday high temp around 40 degrees.

It now looks like Twin Cities metro area highs will be in the 40s next weekend.

Above-normal temps could then continue into the last week of February, according to the latest outlook from the NWS Climate Prediction Center:

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Temperature outlook February 25 to March 2
NWS Climate Prediction Center

More clouds on Monday

A low pressure system will spread clouds into central and southern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin late Sunday night. Those clouds will linger through much of Presidents Day, with some breaks in the cloud cover from time to time.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model shows the potential cloud pattern from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Monday:

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Simulated cloud pattern 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Monday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Measureable precipitation isn’t expected on Monday. NOAA’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 5 a.m. Monday to 9 p.m. Monday:

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Simulated radar from 5 a.m. Monday to 9 p.m. Monday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

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

Weather nugget

Meteorological winter is December through February. So far this winter, the Twin Cities high temperature has been in the 50s on 12 days. Last winter, there weren’t any days with a Twin Cities high temp in the 50s.

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