Meanwhile, it'll be very interesting to see if this still goes on Saturday: there is expected to be a wildfire training exercise at Camp Ripley, according to the Brainerd Dispatch. Read more about this exercise here.
Spectacular Saturday Ahead - First 70s Of The Year
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
It's been a nice start to spring so far, with fairly warm highs that make you shed those winter coats and bring out the shorts. One area that we are lacking in, though, is the moisture department. We've received only 0.80" of rain since March 1, over an inch and a half below average. This, on top of below average snow this winter, has led to a high fire danger across portions of the state.
While we will get to enjoy another warm weekend across the region, we will also add to our rain totals. As highs soar into the 70s and could even approach 80, today will be the best day of the weekend. Today will also be the first 70 degree day of 2017, which on average comes on April 9. How's that for timing?
A cold front dives south Saturday night before stalling across northern Iowa, bringing slightly cooler weather for Sunday along with up to an inch of rain across southern Minnesota. Behind that, periods of showers are likely through midweek with cooler temperatures. The good news: another warm up looks likely heading into next weekend.
Extended Forecast for Minneapolis
SATURDAY: A sunny, spectacular day. High 76. Low 52. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind S 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Storm chances increasing. High 67. Low 46. Chance of precipitation 70%. Wind N 3-5 mph.
MONDAY: Cooler with more showers. High 55. Low 36. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Early snowflake? Partly sunny skies. High 53. Low 37. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Isolated shower, otherwise cloudy. High 60. Low 44. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: AM showers. Slowly clearing skies. High 61. Low 40. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Sunny with highs around average. High 59. Low 39. Chance of precipitation 5%. Wind SE 10-15 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1805: John Sayer at the Snake River Fir Trading Post near present day Pine City mentions: 'The most tempestuous (stormy) day of the year. Pines and other trees fell near the fort.'
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 54F (Record: 83F set in 1931)
Average Low: 34F (Record: 9F set in 1997)
Average Precipitation: 0.08" (Record: 0.73" set in 1906)
Average Snow: 0.1" (Record: 5.0" in 1980)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 6:40 AM
Sunset: 7:50 PM
*Length Of Day: 13 hours, 9 minutes and 41 seconds
*Daylight Added Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes and 4 seconds
*Next Sunrise At/Before 6 AM: May 2nd (6:00 AM)
*Next Sunset At/After 8 PM: April 16th (8:00 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
National Weather Outlook
Warm Saturday In The Central U.S.
Feet of snow will be possible in the Sierra Nevada range through mainly Saturday, with only some lingering snow showers on Sunday. Some of that heavy snow will shift into parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming late Saturday into Sunday, with over a half a foot likely in spots.
We'll be watching a few areas of heavy rain over the next five days. 3-5" will be possible in parts of the Pacific Northwest, especially along the coast, as a few systems impact the region from Friday Night through Wednesday. 2"+ of rain will be possible in the upper Midwest from late in the weekend to early next week. Another batch of heavy rain, from 2-4", will fall across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas early next week.
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Warmth Out West In March
Unlike February, the warmth could be found in the western U.S. last month. More from the Praedicitx blog: "The heat shifted west for the most part during the month of March, with 60 long-term NWS climate locations from Washington state to the Gulf Coast seeing a top ten warmest March on record. A total of nine locations saw their warmest March on record, including Salt Lake City and Albuquerque."
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- D.J. Kayser