A storm system is brewing in the Pacific Ocean and it could serve as the mechanism that busts Minnesota out of a weather lull in the coming days.
Don't place your bets just yet – the National Weather Service says confidence is very low about what will happen five to six days from now – but meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says a "panhandle hooker" system could churn northward into the Midwest and deliver a punch.
It's all coulda-woulda-shoulda at this point, but it's definitely worth exploring.
"That system develops rapidly Thursday night into Friday," Sundgaard explained Saturday on his Explore with Sven YouTube channel. "Panhandle hooker system coming out of Texas and Oklahoma and then making its way up to Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday into the day Saturday."
"Way too early to throw snow totals out there or even a guarantee is snows, but something to watch for Friday and Saturday," said Sundgaard.
The track and the timing will be critical for who gets hit by the storm system, and temperatures will also play a key role in who gets snow and who gets rain.
"Temperatures become more uncertain going into the weekend as they will depend on the track and strength of this system, but a return to more seasonable temperatures is likely," says the Sunday morning forecast discussion from the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service.
Before Minnesota gets to any kind of real weather system, the forecast is mild and dry for most of the week, including a shot at 50 degrees on Wednesday.