Rain showers arrive Sunday afternoon, then a mix in the evening; wet Tuesday and Wednesday

Many people are not amused to hear about snow in April. There are a few flakes in the forecast, but Monday’s warm temperatures will wipe out the new snow.

It is not uncommon to see snow in April:

In the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, we see at least some snow in April in 92% of the years. We saw no snow in April at MSP airport for the last time in 2010.

Sunday Rain and Snow Update

A low pressure system will spread precipitation over parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin today and tonight. A change from rain to a rain/snow mix and then to all snow will occur first in west-central Minnesota and parts of southwestern Minnesota, then expand eastward .

The Twin Cities metro area will see occasional rain showers Sunday afternoon, with a possible rain/snow mix in the late afternoon and a change to wet snow Sunday evening. An inch or less of snow is forecast for the Twin Cities metropolitan area tonight.

One to two inches of snow could accumulate in parts of west-central Minnesota Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening. A forecast model shows one to two inches of snow Sunday evening just north of the metro area; in Isanti County and Chisago County. This band of one to two inches of evening snow extends towards Amery WI.

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.

Temperature trends

Sunday highs will be in the 40s across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with low 30s in parts of northeastern Minnesota and west-central Minnesota. Some spots in the Twin Cities will likely hit the mid 40s. The average high temperature for our Twin Cities is 50 degrees this time of year.

Monday’s highs will be mostly in the 40s above around 50:

Monday forecast highs

National Weather Service

There will be upper 30s and lower 40s in northeastern Minnesota and some lower 50s in extreme southwestern Minnesota and along the Red River Valley to the northwest. We will reach around 50 degrees Monday afternoon in the Twin Cities.

Monday’s wind gusts will be light in most areas, but gusts of 15-20 mph are possible Monday afternoon in the Red River Valley:


Monday 1 p.m. expect gusty winds

National Weather Service

Forecast gusts are in knots, with 17 knots equaling 19.6 mph.

Back to temperatures, highs for the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be around 50 on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by low 40s on Thursday, then high 40s on Friday.

Wet from Tuesday to Thursday

A slow moving low pressure system will bring periods of rain to Minnesota and western Wisconsin Tuesday and Tuesday evening, with snow in the west and rain in the east Wednesday. Many areas with Wednesday showers are expected to see a change to a rain/snow mix or mostly snow Wednesday evening through Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System (GFS) model shows the potential pattern for precipitation from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday through 7:00 p.m. Thursday:


Simulated radar from Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to Thursday 7:00 p.m.

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

There could even be a few thunderstorms on Tuesday evening. Check for forecast updates.

Programming note

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