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Published on February 23, 2024
Minneapolis Braces for Flurries and Strong Winds with a Chilly Weekend AheadSource: Unsplash/Josh Hild

Minneapolis residents might want to hold onto their hats, as weather forecasts predict a mix of flurries and gusty winds for today, followed by a sunny but blustery weekend. According to the National Weather Service, today could see occasional flurries between the morning and afternoon hours, with the sky mostly clouded over and a high temperature teetering around a chilly 35 degrees, as north winds whip through at 10 to 15 mph.

As the day transitions into night, it is anticipated that the clouds will recede, paving the way for a low temperature of approximately 18 degrees. The north wind will slow down to a gentle pace, gradually becoming light and variable. However, it is advised not to be overly complacent with the placidity of the situation, as Saturday will bring with it sunny skies accompanied by a brisk south-southwest wind. Initially, the wind will start at a modest 5 to 10 mph but will progress to a breezy 15 to 20 mph by the afternoon, with the potential for gusts to soar up to 30 mph.

"Mostly sunny" is the theme for Sunday, with a high hovering near 45 degrees, making it a slightly more bearable day weather-wise, the winds from the west-northwest maintaining a steady 10 to 15 mph. The night will follow suit, partly cloudy with the temperature dipping to about 31 degrees, the west wind transitioning at 5 to 10 mph before shifting south-southeast and gaining strength after midnight.

Monotony breaks on Monday when the temperature leaps high near 61 degrees, offering a glimpse of warmer days. The wind is expected to blow strongly from the south-southwest at 15 to 20 mph, gusting as high as 30 mph. The week barrels on, with a chance of rain transitioning to snow as Tuesday draws to a close, a high near 48, and winds turning north-northwest in a blustery fashion, according to the forecast, while Wednesday introduces a slight chance of snow amid mostly sunny skies, a high near 29 and north-northwest winds at a persistent clip of 10 to 15 mph.

Rounding out the week, Thursday promises sunshine with a more agreeable high around 44 degrees, the gusts expectedly trailing off, the south-southwest wind palpably present but not overbearing, staying within the realm of 15 mph, along with potential gusts of up to 25 mph. Residents are advised to dress in layers, secure outdoor items, and stay informed on the latest weather updates as conditions progress throughout the week.