Mild temps and a bit of snow likely for MN Friday – then it gets cold


The weather in Minnesota Friday (broadly speaking) will be seasonably mild, with a chance for snow late in the Christmas evening overnight to Saturday.

It'll be a half-inch to a couple inches in most spots – though travel in southwest Minnesota could be dangerous due to snow and blowing winds (more on that in the "Southwest Minnesota" section below).

After that, it basically turns into clear-but-cold weather, with highs throughout much of the state Sunday topping out in the teens – and lows sinking down toward 0 degrees. Here's a look at the forecast for each region of the state.

Twin Cities

Friday: A high in the low 30s, with a light southeast wind, the National Weather Service says. There's a chance of snow during the day, but it becomes more likely late into the night (mainly after midnight) with the area in line for 1-2 inches of fresh snowfall. Temps will drop to about 27 at night.

Saturday-Sunday: A mild day Saturday with a high of 32 – 2-4 inches of snow is possible. Then temps drop quickly into Sunday, where the high is just 19, and the low is into the single digits.

Southwest Minnesota

Friday: Partly sunny with a high of 32 degrees during the day, the Weather Service says. There's a slight chance for snow in the early evening – but by dinner time things may start to get serious. There's actually a winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow in effect from 6 p.m. Christmas Day, through to 6 p.m. Saturday. Because of that, the Weather Service travel in the region could be impacted.

Saturday-Sunday: The Weather Service expects 3-5 inches to come down Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Then the northerly winds kick in – 25-35 mph by mid-day Saturday, which could create areas of blowing and drifting snow. On top of that, it's going to get really cold. The high Saturday is 27, but the low is just 1 degree. Things will "warm up" to 14 degrees Sunday , then drop back down to near 0 again (though no snow is expected this day).

Southeast Minnesota

Friday: There's a hazardous weather outlook from Thursday night through the next few days. That's because of snowfall – some light accumulation that night, giving way to a high of 34 degrees Friday. Snow is expected late Friday, mainly after 1 a.m., though 1-2 new inches could come down, the Weather Service says.

Saturday-Sunday: Snow is likely to keep coming down Saturday morning, with another inch falling during the day. It could turn into a rain-snow mix later. The high is 34, before dropping to 17 Saturday night. Mostly sunny with a high of 20 Sunday, and a low in the upper single digits.

Northeast Minnesota

Friday: The National Weather service expects highs in the upper 20s Friday, partly sunny throughout the day – that gives way to a 50 percent chance of snow late, with a low of 24.

Saturday-Sunday: Snowy and blustery to start the weekend, with a 70 percent chance of flakes and a northeast wind 10-15 mph. The chance of snow lessens into the night, then it gets cold. It'll be sunny Sunday, but with a high of just 16 degrees. It could drop to almost 0 degrees Sunday night.

Northwest Minnesota

Friday: Clear throughout much of the day, with a high of 23 degrees. At night, a 30 percent chance for snowfall, continuing into early Saturday. Accumulation should be a half-inch or less.

Saturday-Sunday: The rest of the weekend will pretty much be clear, but cold. The high Saturday is just 10 degrees, and the low should fall to the negatives that night. And Sunday is basically a repeat.

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