All Rain (Wet Roads) Into Saturday - Brightening Up Sunday (spring returns next week)
May 3, 2013 — 4:36pm
Happy To See Rain NWS Doppler radar at 4:33 pm shows another surge of rain moving in from the east, from Wisconsin. Temperatures aloft are warm enough for all rain from now into Saturday evening. Thank God.
May Thaw. A Winter Weather Advisory remains posted for northwest Wisconsin, for a slushy mix, but temperatures elsewhere have warmed enough for all rain the rest of the night. Map: NOAA.
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No serious drama cooking on the maps, just an inch or two of fresh snow Sunday - plowable amounts over southwestern Minnesota. Another clipper whips up a coating Tuesday, but the big weather story is a jolt of Pacific air, warming us to 40F by Friday with a few rain showers possible - vague hints of what's to come. We end the month on a relatively mild note which should spill into March. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
I had an aunt who was utterly convinced that I worked in Indianapolis.I think she honestly believed all the "apolis" towns were really one. OK. Not a brain surgeon but she meant well. After a numbing start the long climb begins, a streak of 30s next week, even a couple days in the 40s late next week. More like March than February. We could still squeeze out a couple inches of snow on Sunday, but right now I can't get too excited about amounts; maybe 1-2" for the metro, more closer to the Iowa line.
The next 36 hours will be a blunt reminder that Minnesota still gets cold from time to time. But this winter has been milder than average, not even close to a couple years ago. Despite a subzero Saturday morning the forecast calls for a thaw next week; 40 degrees possible one week from today. El Nino is still hanging on. Will spring of 2016 be as severe as the last big (fading) El Nino in '98? I think we should probably be prepared for a more active spring severe season.
It's February in Minnesota. And you're annoyed that it's cold? That's a little like a sushi lover turning up his nose at the smell of fresh fish. This is hardly atypical for midwinter, and yes, it's going to get colder by Saturday morning. But (all) long range models show a warming trend next week with a shot at 40s in 8 days. Won't that be a relief...
No, we won't be cleaning up the yard or barbecuing anytime soon, but after a run of colder than average weather 30s will feel like a meteorological bargain next week - some guidance even hinting at 40s by the end of next week. Snow? A little here and there, but no headline-grabbing storms are brewing just yet.