"So Paul, is it safe to retire my winter coat and boots?" a friendly stranger inquired. How 'bout those Twins! I'd rather talk about your 401(k). "Sure seems like we got punished in April because we didn't suffer enough in March," he added, before giving up on an answer. I don't want to jinx spring. Although, Saturday almost made up for the slushy pain inflicted earlier this month. Picture. Perfect. Consider it an atmospheric apology for snowy transgressions.

A frontal boundary approaches today, increasing the odds of bumping into a shower or T-storm. Steadier rain arrives tonight and Monday — up to an inch of rain may fall before skies clear Tuesday. Expect a run of 60s next week; a shower risk early Thursday then heavier showers and T- storms next weekend. I wouldn't be shocked to see a severe storm outbreak one week from today for parts of Minnesota.

This might be a good time to review safety tips and make sure you have a plan when warnings are issued. Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes every year. It's good to be prepared.