You needn't see more than the image at the top of this story to know that it's going to be colder than it should be in Minnesota for the next little while.
When it comes to weather maps, blue means cold. It's especially bad in the winter because it can mean temps diving below zero, but it's flat out mean in the spring when Minnesotans have been waiting for nice weather for six months.
Alas, the next 10 days or so are primed to be cooler than normal, with daily high temps routinely stuck in the 40s.
"Highs will top out in the mid 40s to lower 50s on Wednesday under a brisk northwest wind," said the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, adding that the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota can "expect sub-freezing lows on Thursday morning for most locations, with highs only reaching the upper 30s to lower 40s."
Looking beyond Thursday, more cooler weather is in the forecast. In the map at the top of the page, it paints the picture of an 80-90 percent chance of cooler than normal temperatures April 12-16, and the April 15-21 time period doesn't look any warmer.
If those maps don't do the cooler weather forecast justice, this GIF from the European model showing some daily temps stuck in the 30s by the middle of next week should do the trick.