Meteorological winter is over, and this weekend will make it feel a lot like spring.
Snowpack can keep temperatures cooler, but Ron Trenda wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog that northern and southeastern Minnesota – which still has 4-12 inches of snow – will still see highs climb into the 50s Sunday afternoon.
Mostly clear skies are expected Saturday in Sunday, which will help warm things up, the National Weather Service says. But in true spring-like fashion, thunderstorms are possible Monday afternoon across far eastern Minnesota thanks to the warm temperatures.
But remember: It's still March in Minnesota, and temperatures will swing cooler again after this short-lived warmup. The National Weather Service is forecasting "a good blast of cold air" into next weekend, with a few showers – snow and/or rain – possible.
Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog that we'll probably see a few days in the 20s and 30s, and he wouldn't rule out overnight lows near zero.