Cold temperatures persist through Sunday; chance of flakes in some areas

I’ll get to the cold temperature forecast in a moment, but first I want to mention that parts of western Minnesota and southern Minnesota will see a few spells of light snow Saturday night. A few snowflakes could travel as far east as the Twin Cities late Saturday evening.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News Network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News live weather blog.

The cold air stays with us at night and on Sundays

Low temperatures late Saturday night and early Sunday morning will range from below freezing in southern Minnesota to 30s below freezing in parts of far northern Minnesota:

The minimums scheduled for Sunday morning

National Weather Service

There will be enough wind to bring the wind chill down to -35 to -40 in the north. The National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories for northern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota from Saturday night through Sunday morning:

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Wind chill warning from Saturday evening to Sunday morning

National Weather Service

Advisories extend to the Canadian border. Notices in central Minnesota begin at midnight Saturday night and end at 9 a.m. Sunday. Wind chill advisories in northwest Minnesota are in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday. Wind chill advisories in north central and northeast Minnesota are in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday high temperatures reach teens in southern Minnesota, with single-digit highs in central and northern Minnesota:

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Highs expected on Sunday

National Weather Service

Fairly light winds are expected in most areas Sunday afternoon, but there will be some breezes in northwest Minnesota:

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The gusts of wind expected Sunday noon

National Weather Service

Forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 7 knots equaling 8.1 mph.

Chance of snow on Sunday

Light snow could start in northwestern Minnesota early Sunday afternoon and then spread southeastward into eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin in the evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential rainfall pattern from noon Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday:

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Simulated radar Sunday noon to Monday 6 a.m.

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Light snow could arrive in the Twin Cities metropolitan area around 5 or 6 p.m. Sunday and continue into the evening, with an accumulation of about an inch. Check for forecast updates.

Temperature trends

The average high temperature for our Twin Cities is in the upper 20s at this time of year. Highs for the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be around 20 degrees on Monday, then around 30 degrees on Tuesday. We could start with 30 degrees before sunrise on Wednesday, with temperatures dropping to 20 degrees during the day. Our metro highs will pull back into the mid-teens on Thursday, then rebound to around 30 degrees on Friday.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center shows a trend of above normal temperatures for much of Minnesota and Wisconsin during the last full week of February:

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Temperature outlook for February 20 to February 26

NWS Climate Prediction Center

We’ll see if it works.

Programming note

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