Wintry flashback gives way to mellower weekend weather

Freeze warning again Saturday morning

freeze warning
Freeze warning
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

From July 20 to March 8 in less than a week. That’s how violent the temperature swing is in Minnesota this week.

Last Saturday’s high of 85 degrees in the Twin Cities is the normal high for around July 20. Friday’s high in the upper 30s is normal for March 8.

Lows will dip into the 20s across most of Minnesota Saturday morning. Temperatures may hover just above 30 degrees in the inner Twin Cities, so pretty much everyone will see a freeze overnight.

Forecast low temperatures Saturday morning
Forecast low temperatures Saturday morning

Another freeze warning is up for all of southern Minnesota into Saturday morning.

Frost and freeze advisories 2
Freeze warning zone
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Including the cities of Hutchinson, Chaska, River Falls, Minneapolis, Monticello, Shakopee, Gaylord, Menomonie, Litchfield, Eau Claire, Albert Lea, Faribault, Le Sueur, Fairmont, Durand, New Ulm, Granite Falls, Chanhassen, Waseca, Owatonna, Stillwater, St Peter, Hudson, Chippewa Falls, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Montevideo, Hastings, Red Wing, Blaine, Madison, St Paul, Mankato, St James, Olivia, Blue Earth, and Victoria

156 PM CDT Fri Apr 19 2024


* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 28 expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central, southeast, southwest, and west central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 8 AM CDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation.

Mellower weekend

This weekend will still be chilly. But it will lack the 40 mph wind gusts. 17 of the past 18 days have produced wind gusts at or above 30 mph in the Twin Cities. Yes, April is our windiest month of the year on average. But this month’s relentless wind seems excessive.

Highs will nudge 50 degrees in the Twin Cities after a frosty Saturday morning.

Forecast high temperatures Saturday
Forecast high temperatures Saturday

Sunday brings the sunniest, mildest day of the weekend. Highs near 60 will return to southern Minnesota.

Forecast high temperatures Sunday
Forecast high temperatures Sunday

Next week brings rain chances on Monday and again Thursday into Friday.

Stay tuned.

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