Slight risk of severe storms later today over the southern 1/3rd of MN (best chance tonight over southern Minnesota).
Moderate risk of severe T-storms Sunday over much of southeastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area.
Watches/Warnings: I do expect the local NWS office to issue severe storm bulletins Sunday, best chance after 3 or 4 pm.
+3.8 F April temperatures in the Twin Cities are running nearly 4 degrees warmer than average.
64 F. high on Friday in the Twin Cities.
53 F. average high for April 8.
68 F. high predicted later in the day Saturday (assuming a few hours of sunshine).
76 F. high on tap for Sunday. A "dry tongue" (surge of dry, desert air wrapped up in the storm's circulation) should brighten skies around midday into the early afternoon hours, allowing the mercury to reach the 70s. Some low 80s are possible over southeastern Minnesota Sunday afternoon.
October 12, 2010. the last time the mercury topped 70 in the Twin Cities (72 F.)
Gulley-Gushing Rains. There are some big discrepencies between the models (nothing new there), but most are now predicting anywhere from 1-2" rain from the upcoming storm. Most of that rain should fall Sunday night, but scattered T-storms Saturday night through Sunday evening will produce huge variations in rainfall amounts.
End To The Snow Season? I sure hope so, otherwise my neighbors will pick up their pitchforks and it will all end badly (for me). I suspect we've seen the last of the accumulating snow for the winter season. I can't believe I even have to say this, but (in theory) it can snow into the 3rd week of May, at least flurries. Cooler weather returns the latter half of next week, but I don't see any slush falling from the sky looking out at least 2 weeks. During a typical April 3.1" snow falls at MSP. So far this month: a trace of snow. 84.7" for the winter season. That's quite enough, thank you very much.