Secure those lap bars – we're in for some roller coaster weather.
Expect a lot of change these next few days – Minnesota will get a taste of all the seasons (OK, maybe not summer, but hopefully that will come soon).
After a windy Wednesday and a wet Thursday, this weekend will bring 40- and 50-degree temperatures across the state, according to MPR News' Paul Huttner. Then next week, cooler, wetter patterns likely return to Minnesota.
Wednesday will get windier as the afternoon progresses. The wind will also increase fire dangers for the "snow-free zones" of southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota, according to Huttner. Highs in the Twin Cities could reach 40 degrees by Wednesday evening, KARE 11 says.
Then break out your rain boots – and thick socks – on Thursday. The day will start out warmer with rain in the morning and change over to snow around noon in the Twin Cities as temperatures get colder. Forecasts call for a high of 41 degrees and a low of 20 in the metro area. Rainfall amounts could total 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch with an inch or two of slushy accumulation later in the day, KARE says.
Huttner is skeptical that there will be accumulation in the metro, but models say differently. Either way, expect a wet, slushy, sloppy day, and a slippery commute home is possible. For those in Duluth and on the north shore – you'll see the best chance for plowable snow on Thursday. Icing could also be an issue. The Duluth News Tribune says most areas can expect 2 to 4 inches, which some places seeing as much as 6 inches.
Thursday may look wintry, but there is a sign of spring in the forecast for all those in Minneapolis still driving around looking for a parking spot – it looks like parking restrictions will be lifted a few days early.
KARE is reporting both Minneapolis and St. Paul will lift parking restrictions at 10 a.m. on Thursday, although some St. Paul streets remain too narrow for parking on both sides, so they'll continue to have limited parking and "no parking" signs will be posted, KARE says.
It's been spring for almost a week now, and we'll finally get that feeling this weekend. Expect sunshine and 40s on Saturday and 50s on Sunday in the Twin Cities. Duluth will be slightly cooler, with highs in the 30s Saturday and around 40 on Sunday. Highs in Rochester could reach almost 60 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
But don't get too excited – there's a possibility for rain and/or snow on Monday and Wednesday, the weather service says.
According to WCCO, the average high temperature this March is 30.9 degrees. Last year, it was 34.6 degrees. Can we go back to 2012? The high was a whopping 57.5 degrees, including an 80-degree St. Patrick's Day. Despite it being cold, the Twin Cities is 4.5 inches below average for snowfall this month.
How about Opening Day (April 7) for the Minnesota Twins? Huttner says it could be anything from 39 degrees and raining to sunny and 71 degrees – fingers crossed for the latter.