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Busy Week of Weather Ahead

Here's the weather outlook from AM Tuesday to AM Monday, which shows active weather as we head through the first few days of March. Weak clipper systems bring a chance of a light wintry mix on Wednesday, Wednesday and Thursday. However, a much larger storm appears to be developing later in the week and weekend ahead with a messy mix. It's still too early to get specific, but stay tuned as the week progresses.

Tuesday Weather Outlook

The weather outlook for Minneapolis on Tuesday shows a chance of a light wintry mix. Precipitation will be very light, but there could be a minor snow coating as well as a light ice glaze across parts of the region.

Meteograms for Minneapolis

The hourly temps for Minneapolis on Tuesday show temps starting in the mid 20F in the morning and topping out in the mid 30s by the afternoon. Northerly winds will blow around 10mph through the day.

Wind Chill Values Tuesday

Feels like temps for Minneapolis on Tuesday will be in the 20s in the morning, but will warm to near 30F by the afternoon.

Weather Outlook on Tuesday

Tuesday temperatures will be close to average across much of the state. However, highs in the southwestern part of the state will be much warmer with temps approaching 60F near Sioux Falls.

Extended Temperature Outlook For Minneapolis

The extended temperature outlook for Minneapolis over the next several days shows near average temps through midweek. Temps on Thursday dip into the mid 20s, which will be nearly -10F below average before returning to near average levels again later this week and weekend.

Extended Weather Outlook For Minneapolis

The extended weather outlook through the week ahead shows somewhat active weather Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with light rain, snow and freezing rain possible. A bigger storm develops Friday and into the weekend with a messy wintry mix. Stay tuned...

Extended Temperature Outlook For Minneapolis

According to the ECMWF & GFS extended temperature outlook, readings will be quite a bit warmer than they were at the end of February. There appears to be a string of 20s and 30s with a couple of near 40F highs possible through mid month.

8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook shows colder temps across the Western US with warmer than average temps in the southeastern US.

8 to 14 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 8-14 Day precipitation outlook shows more active weather possible across the Central & Eastern US.

Limping Into a Slushy, Squishy, Muddy March
By Paul Douglas

My knowledge of animals and proverbs is shaky, but if memory holds, when March comes in like a Fried Egg Jellyfish, it goes out like a Screaming Hairy Armadillo. Check my work. Not entirely sure what animals have to do with March weather, anyway.

Chances are March will bring slushy snows, rain, the first thunder of 2022 and a few 50-degree highs by late month. March snows can be significant, but they are usually wet and sloppy, melting within a few days. Did I mention mud and potholes? An improvement over 26 subzero nights so far this winter. But who's counting.

There is storm-buzz for late week, and a messy storm is expected Friday into Sunday morning. But this time around there may be enough warm air tangled up in the circulation for a messy mix of snow, ice and rain. Right now it doesn't look like a snowy disaster, but stay tuned. I see 30s for highs into next weekend.

February was 6.6F colder than normal with 11 subzero nights. Good times. The worst of winter is behind us. Surprise us March!

Extended Forecast

TUESDAY: Cloudy, few flakes. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 36.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Chance of a wintry mix. Winds: NNW 5. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY: Light icy mix possible. Winds: N 7-12. High: 35.

THURSDAY: Colder with a little light snow. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 13. High: 24.

FRIDAY: Light rain/snow mix. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 23. High: 34.

SATURDAY: Heavier rain/ice/snow mix. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 30. High: 33.

SUNDAY: Flurries taper, some clearing. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 19. High: 26.

MONDAY: Few flurries, chilly. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 17. High: 28.

This Day in Weather History

March 1st

1966: The Blizzard of '66 hits Minnesota and lasts 4 days. Aitkin received 23 inches of snow. The snow depth at International Falls reached a record 37 inches by the end of the storm.

Average High/Low for Minneapolis

March 1st

Average High: 34F (Record: 59F set in 1990)

Average Low: 18F (Record: -32F set in 1962)

Record Rainfall: 1.62" set in 1965)

Record Snowfall: 9.0" set in 2007

Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis

March 1st

Sunrise: 6:49am

Sunset: 6:00pm

Hours of Daylight: ~11 hours & 10 minutes

Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 3 minute & 05 seconds

Daylight GAINED since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~ 2 Hour & 24 Minutes

Moon Phase for March 1st at Midnight

0.4 Days Before New Moon

National High Temps Tuesday

The weather outlook on Tuesday shows above average temps in place across much of the nation. Some of the warmest temps will be found in the Southwestern US with record highs possible for some in the Central Valley.

National Weather Outlook

Weather conditions through midweek shows areas of rain and snow across the northern tier of the nation. The heaviest precipitation will be found in the Pacific Northwest with areas of flooding and heavy mountain snow.

Extended Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center, areas of heavy precipitation will be found across parts of the Central US, Midwest and into the Great Lakes and Northeast. There will also be areas of heavy precipitation across the Pacific Northwest with heavy mountain snow potential.

Extended Snowfall Outlook

Here's the ECMWF extended snowfall outlook through the week ahead, which shows areas of heavy snow across the northern tier of the nation and the Western US.

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