Cool today, freezing temps early Sunday then milder Sunday afternoon

A look at our next rain chance

It’ll be a cool and breezy Saturday afternoon.

The average Twin Cities high temperature is 59 degrees on April 20. High temps in the metro area (late Saturday afternoon) will be in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. Much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have Saturday highs in the 40s. A few spots in southwestern Minnesota could top 50. Wind gusts of 20 to 26 mph are possible today.

It’ll be very chilly overnight tonight. You’ll need to cover tender outdoor plants or bring potted plants indoors to withstand the chilly temps.

Low temperatures will dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s late Saturday night into early Sunday morning:

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Forecast lows late Saturday night/early Sunday morning
National Weather Service

Lows in the Twin Cities metro area will be mainly in the lower 30s. It could be slightly cooler than that around the outer fringes of the metro area.

Temperatures rebound nicely Sunday afternoon. Highs tomorrow will reach the lower 60s in southern Minnesota and up into the Red River Valley of northwestern Minnesota, with mainly 50s elsewhere:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Monday highs will reach the 60s across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the upper 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by lower 60s Thursday and Friday.

The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a tendency for above-normal temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin next weekend and into the following week:

Temperature outlook April 27 through May 3
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Precipitation chances

A few spots in northwestern Wisconsin could see a passing flurry early Saturday afternoon.

Most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will be precipitation-free Saturday afternoon through Sunday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 6 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Sunday:

Simulated radar from 6 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Sunday
NOAA, via

The best rain chances this coming week will be Monday afternoon into Tuesday and late Thursday into Friday.

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

Weather nugget

The average Twin Cities high temperature rises from 64 degrees on May 1 to 74 degrees on May 31.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.