Spring fever: Temps could top 70 degrees this week, severe storms possible


This is not an early April Fool's post: Temperatures in the 70s are coming – as is the possibility of some severe weather for the start of April.

We're leaving the chilly temperatures behind (meteorologist Paul Douglas declared winter over on the Star Tribune weather blog Monday) as temperatures climb into the 60s Tuesday.

And there's a chance highs will top 70 degrees in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.

The average high for this time of year in Minneapolis is around 48 degrees, AccuWeather notes.

Severe weather possible too

With Wednesday's spring temperatures comes more spring-like weather, there's a chance for some scattered thunderstorms to help kickoff the month of April Wednesday afternoon.

There's a marginal to slight chance of severe weather in Minnesota Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service's storm prediction center. The greatest concern for severe storms is near Mankato, AccuWeather notes.

This is the first time southern Minnesota has been included in NOAA's severe weather forecast this year, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog.

The Weather Channel says large hail and damaging winds are possible from Minnesota to Kansas as thunderstorms move through the Midwest.

The news station gives southeast Minnesota a three out of eight on its TOR:CON index for Wednesday's storms, meaning there's not much chance for a tornado.

A cool front is expected to follow Wednesday's storms, but it won't stay cold for too long. Douglas says the Twin Cities can expect a surge of 60-degree highs around April 6-7, and there's a chance of hitting the 70-degree mark again by April 13-14.

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