Windy Weather with Rain and Snow Continues Thursday – Drier for Twins Opening Friday

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Rainfall over the past few days

So far we have continued our wet and somewhat snowy streak through the early days of April. From April 1 (Fri) to April 5 (Tues), we collected a total of 0.63″ of liquid precipitation and 1″ of snow at MSP.

Looking at what we’ve picked up in terms of liquid since March 1 (that’s rain and melted winter precipitation), we’re almost an inch and a half above average through April 5 here in the subway . In fact, most of the state is above average – the exception is in the northwestern parts of the state and in eastern North Dakota, where areas like Baudette and Grand Forks are more than half an inch below the average.

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Tornado Drill Thursday – Part of Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Windy with more rain/snow on Thursday

Loop from Wednesday 7 p.m. to Friday 1 p.m.

The system that’s been hanging around the upper Midwest will continue to do so through Thursday evening, at least bringing a chance of scattered rain and snow with it before precipitation finally moves out of the state early Friday.

As far as the metro is concerned, precipitation will start the day as a mix and/or light snow before changing to rain during the morning hours. We’ll start in the low to mid 30s and only go up to around 40F for a max. A strong northwesterly breeze will feel like you’re in the 20s for much of the day.

With this low persistence, at least scattered precipitation (rain/snow/mixed) is expected across the state. Highs will be mostly in the 30s – at least 5 to 15 degrees F below average.

A few 6″+ patches of snow are possible as we finish Wednesday and head into Thursday – one in the northwest regions and another in the Arrowhead. However, many western and southern regions northern Minnesota could see at least 1-4″ of snow before this system finally comes out this weekend. Winter weather advisories are in place.

We will also see strong winds as we head northwest on Thursday. In the Twin Cities, these winds could be above 30 mph in the afternoon and we could see overall gusts of over 50 mph in the Red River Valley.

Due to the expected strong gusts of wind, numerous wind advisories and strong wind warnings are in place for western Minnesota in the Dakotas.

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Twins home opening now Friday

As you may have already heard, the Twins Home Opener has been postponed from Thursday to Friday due to the expectation of precipitation and cold temperatures. Although we’ll get rid of the precipitation by Friday afternoon, it’s still going to be cloudy and cold, especially considering that wind! We could see gusts to 30 mph on the first pitch Friday afternoon.

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Warmer weather for the weekend

The good news is that if you’re heading to the games this weekend, better weather will be in store. Saturday and Sunday highs are expected to hit the 50s with plenty of sunshine on Saturday but more filtered skies on Sunday. Take advantage of the dry weather this weekend – more rain looks possible early next week.

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The reluctant spring of 22
By Paul Douglas

I want to take this opportunity to apologize for our slow spring – the slush, the wind chill, the general discomfort. A few weeks ago, I accidentally pressed the flashing red button on my Doppler radar and it all went wrong. The same thing happened in 2018 when we saw 26″ in April, but hopefully this month will be a faint echo of 4 years ago.

Data from the Minnesota DNR indicates that the Twins’ coldest home open was in 1962 (34F high). Sleet (ice pellets) was reported in the first game of 1972 at the Met Stadium. The Twins made the right choice by moving the opener to Friday. Today will be miserable – Friday should be more tolerable.

A mix of windblown snow and rain will delight Minnesotans today, with some slush on lawns again tonight. Skies are expected to clear Friday afternoon with lows of 40°C and a strong breeze at Target Field. No baby.

A beautiful weekend gives way to another major rainstorm next week, with 1-2 feet of snowfall possible across the Dakotas.

Spring is coming, but I’ll be sacred if I know when.

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Paul’s Twin Towns Extended Forecast

THURSDAY: Mixed rain/snow, windy. Wake 34. High 39. Chance of precipitation 100%. NW wind 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY: Slow clearing, persistent fresh breeze. Wake 32. High 43. Chance of precipitation 10%. NW wind 15-25 mph.

SATURDAY: Bright sun, light winds. Wake up 27. High 51. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind W 3-8 mph.

SUNDAY: The clouds are rising. Wake 36. High 55. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.

MONDAY: Light sunshine, isolated showers. Wake 43. High 59. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind E 7-12 mph.

TUESDAY: Windy with periods of rain. Wake 41. High 55. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NE 10-20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: More rain, few thunderstorms? Wake 39. High 54. Chance of precipitation 90%. Wind E 15-25 mph.

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Minneapolis Weather Almanac and Solar Data
April 7

*Duration of the day: 13 hours, 5 minutes and 58 seconds
*Daylight WON since yesterday: 3 minutes and 5 seconds

* When do we see 14 hours of daylight: April 26 (14 hours, 2 minutes, 30 seconds)
* When is sunrise at/before 6:30? : April 14 (6:30 a.m.)
* When is sunset at/after 8:00 PM?: April 17 (8:01 p.m.)

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This day in weather history
April 7

1857: A cold spell hits the United States, with snow reported in all states.

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National weather forecast

The cold front that produced severe weather in the southern United States on Wednesday will continue eastward Thursday, with storms on the east coast. The associated depression will still persist in the Great Lakes, with a chance of rain and snow there. Late Thursday a system will approach from the Pacific Northwest with rain and snow aloft.

The heaviest snow Wednesday through Friday will be in parts of the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes where a foot or more could fall in isolated locations. Heavy rain will be possible in the eastern United States, with counts of 1 to 4 inches possible.

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The hunger crisis in Africa affects more than 300 million people

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