Near record highs tomorrow, light snow Saturday

Good evening!! What an incredibly pleasant December day we’ve had! The Twin Cities reached 51° today, which was just shy of the record of 54° (1939). Overnight lows tonight are in the mid to upper-30s, which is still above our average highs for this time of year (avg. high is 31°). Your Friday forecast is another warm one, with highs reaching into the upper-40s. Breezy southwesterly are in place tomorrow, with increasing cloud cover into the afternoon. Right now, it looks like we’ll see some sunshine Friday morning, but end up with mostly cloudy skies into the afternoon. If the cloud cover is slower to build in, we could make a run for tomorrow’s record high of 50°, set back in 1939, and tied 1990.

A light wintry mix is possible across far northwestern Minnesota tomorrow, which changes over to snow Friday PM into Saturday. As low pressure tracks east-northeastward north of Minnesota towards Hudson Bay Saturday morning, a band of snow tracks east-southeastward in from northwestern Minnesota on the backside of the low pressure system. This could bring a coating-1″ of snow across the metro, and most of the state. Northwestern Minnesota could see closer to 2″-4″ of snowfall (with higher totals across far northwestern Minnesota into eastern North Dakota.

The light snow showers Saturday should end for the Twin Cities before dinnertime. Sunday will be a seasonable forecast with a chilly morning in the upper-teens for most. While we start out with some cloud cover Sunday morning, we end up with mostly sunny skies Sunday.

The cooler and seasonable December temperatures don’t last long, as another warm-up arrives next week. Next week looks to be another warm and dry week for us.

Have a wonderful night!