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Published on April 24, 2024
Minneapolis Braces for Mix of Sun and Storms, Hazardous Weather Outlook IssuedSource: Unsplash/Kevin Nalty

Minneapolis residents can expect a mixture of sunshine and thunderstorms in the upcoming days, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN. Starting off with areas of frost before 9am today, the weather shifts to sunny skies, with a comfortable high of around 59 degrees. Winds remain light from the southsoutheast, most likely reaching just 5 mph. A slight change comes tonight with partly cloudy conditions and a low near 42 degrees, with winds picking up slightly. National Weather Service reports a southeast wind blowing at about 5 to 10 mph.

However, the weather situation is to escalate over the next few days gradually. Friday's forecast will outshine Thursday's mostly sunny skies and a high of nearly 67 degrees: showers, possibly a thunderstorm, and increased winds that could occasionally gust as high as 35 mph — a dramatic swing that may also bring up to half an inch of rain. This quick turn may catch inhabitants by surprise if they are not adequately prepared.

In addition to the changing weather patterns, the National Weather Service has also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region. "Low afternoon relative humidities will lead to elevated fire weather conditions today, especially across western Minnesota and western Wisconsin," the outlook notes. These conditions will extend into Thursday, with increasing southeast winds further contributing to the potential fire hazard. National Weather Service advises extra caution due to the elevated risk.

The weekend doesn't promise much stability either, as thunderstorms continue to be likely Saturday night into Sunday. With a front moving through, conditions favor the development of severe weather, particularly Friday night in southern Minnesota where "a few strong to severe storms will be possible," according to the outlook. As we move into next week, the chance for showers drops, but residents will still have to deal with mostly cloudy skies and brisk winds.