Here's the visible satellite from Tuesday, which shows mostly sunny skies across the state as an area of high pressure settled in behind a cold front. This bubble of high pressure will keep weather conditions quiet and cool through midweek, but steady precipitation starts to move in by the end of the week. Interestingly, you can actually see the larger lakes in the northern half of Minnesota are still ice covered, but some of the lakes in the southern half of the state have already seen ice out.
2017 Ice Out Dates
A fairly vigorous area of low pressure moving in from the Pacific will help to kick out a several day severe threat across parts of the Central and Southern US from Thursday to Saturday. Here are the severe weather outlooks for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from NOAA's SPC.
Stormy Friday in the Southern Plains
The extended forecast suggests a fairly stormy PM Thursday to PM Saturday across the Central and Southern US.
A strong storm system will work through the central part of the country later this week and weekend ahead with severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall potential. Note that 1" to near 3" rainfall tallies could be possible through the weekend
2017 PRELIMINARY Tornado Count
According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY tornado count for 2017 is at 369 (thru March 19). Note that this is the most (thru March 19th) since 2008 when nearly 500 tornadoes reported through that time frame. The 2005-2015 average through that time period is 175.
High Temperatures From Average Wednesday
Here's a look at high temperatures from average on Wednesday. Note that temperatures in the Northeast, Midwest and across the western part of the country will be cooler than average, but folks in the Rockies and along the Gulf Coast will be nearly 10F to 15F above average.
Record Warmth Continues...
With temperatures running nearly 10F to 20F+ above average across the Rockies and Gulf Coast, record high temperatures may be possible there. Take a look at the image below, which show the potential record highs (circled numbers) that could be set on Wednesday.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
Despite not seeing any blooming flowers or budding trees, signs of spring are starting to pop up, but you have to look close.
It's easy to see that we've gained more daylight, but did you know that we are enjoying an additional 3 hours and 30 minutes since the winter solstice (December 21st)? Additional daylight and the lack of Arctic air have coaxed a few of my favorite feathered friends out of winter hiding. Spring calls from the Northern Cardinal and American Robin are increasing, but I'm still waiting to hear the first Red-winged blackbird. Then it's spring in my book!
Enjoy the last little bit of sunshine while you can today. A water-logged storm system arrives later this week with heavy rainfall tallies up to 1 inch or more across parts of southern Minnesota. The extended forecast suggests a series of Pacific storm systems sliding across the country. Stubborn low clouds and showers look likely into the last week of March with rainfall tallies possibly topping 2 inches in spots to our south.
Keep the umbrella handy!
WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds. Light mix late? Winds: SE 10-15. High: 40
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Winds: SE 10. Low: 30.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers late. Winds: SSE 5-10. High: 48.
FRIDAY: Breezy. Steady rain in southern Minnesota. Winds: NE 10-20. Wake-up: 37. High: 48.
SATURDAY: Cloudy. Lingering rain showers. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 35. High: 48.
SUNDAY: Persistent cloud. A few spits of rain. Winds: NNE 10-15. Wake-up: 32. High: 47.
MONDAY: Gray. Scattered showers redevelop. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 35. High: 52.
TUESDAY: Rain, rain, go away... Winds: NE 5-15. Wake-up: 38. High: 50
This Day in Weather History
1972: Copious amounts of rain fall in parts of Minnesota, with 10.84 inches of rainfall in 24 hours at Ft. Ripley. 14 inches of rain is measured at a farm in Morrison County.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 44F (Record: 71F set in 1945)
Average: Low: 27F (Record: -14F set in 1888)
*Record Snowfall: 13.7" set in 1952
Sunrise Sunset Times For Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes & 9 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 30 minutes
Moon Phase for March 21st at Midnight
2.6 Days After Last Quarter
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
Wednesday will be another cool day across the region with readings in the 30s across much of the state. Note that will will once again be a little cooler than average. Winds will pick up a little out of the southeast, feels like temperatures will be in the 10s and 20s around midday.
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
Winds on Wednesday will turn to the southeast in advance of our next storm system that will move in later this week.
Weather conditions on Wednesday will start off fairly quiet, but clouds will be on the increase as moisture start to move into the region. There maybe a little light moisture later Wednesday, but the bulk of the precipitation will move in Thursday and Friday.