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Published on February 27, 2024
Minneapolis Braces for Snow and Icy Winds, Frigid Conditions to Follow Before Midweek Warm-UpSource: Unsplash/Josh Hild

Minneapolis residents are bracing for a sharp turn in weather as forecasters predict a mix of flurries and snow today, with temperatures expected to plunge in the afternoon. A report by the National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN warns of winds up to 35 mph and a 50 percent chance of snow accumulation of less than a half inch.

Tonight, residents should prepare to endure colder conditions with a low of around 6 degrees and wind chill values potentially dropping to -12. The gusty environment continues with winds reaching as high as 35 mph, posing risks of icy roads by the evening. The chance of nighttime snow is placed at 40 percent, primarily before 8pm according to the forecast.weather.gov.

The coming days promise a reprieve from the snow but not the chill. Wednesday's outlook is bright but frigid with a sunny high near 22 and wind chill values possibly reaching -13. By Thursday, the sun persists, and temperatures are expected to substantially rise to nearly 49 degrees. The sudden temperature increase, however, comes with breezy conditions, as gusts could almost reach 30 mph. The NWS forecast sees the warmer trend continuing into Friday with an anticipated high of 57 and breezy south winds.

A separate hazardous weather bulletin issued by the National Weather Service advises of light snow this afternoon that is likely to continue through the night, especially east of I-35. "The combination of snow, wind, and falling temperatures could lead to icy roads this evening into tonight," cautions the Hazardous Weather Outlook. Despite the treacherous travel conditions forecasted for today and tonight, no hazardous weather is projected for the remainder of the week.

As Minnesotans look ahead to the weekend, they can expect mostly sunny skies on Saturday with a high near 59. But the state's constant dance with tumultuous weather will continue into the next week, as Sunday night is forecasted to bring rain and likely thunderstorms. Minneapolis will see the start of next week under the possibility of rain and sustained breezy winds, heralding a 70 percent chance of precipitation for Monday, laying bare once again the volatile embrace of springtime in the Midwest.