The temperature is 15 to 25 degrees colder than it would be on a typical sunny Wednesday. The first of two rounds of heavy weather that will last far into early Saturday is emerging in far south Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, including rain, snow, and even thunder.

Early on Wednesday, late March is off to a cool start across the region. All day, there is chilly sunshine and the temperature is between 15 and 25 degrees below average. In southeast Minnesota, highs typically vary from roughly 30 to high teens.

Wednesday is expected to have high temperatures.

via NOAA’s important weather

As warmer air returns on Thursday in advance of the approaching storm system, winds increase. From the Southeast, the wind will pick up to 10–20 mphThursday’s wind forecast

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Thursday’s highs in southern Minnesota will be in the 40s.

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Thursday is expected to be a hot day.

via NOAA’s important weatherRain and snow develop Thursday afternoon in central and northern Minnesota with a possibility of thunderstorms in far south Minnesota Thursday evening.

Forecast rain Thursday through Thursday night

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This first round of precipitation will cover northern Minnesota with snow.

We’ll take a bit of a break Friday morning before a second round of precipitation sets in with a wintry mix turning to snow Friday night for southern Minnesota.

Forecast rainfall from Friday through Friday night

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Here’s a look at total expected snowfall from Thursday through early Saturday, including both rounds of snow:

Estimated total snowfall by early Saturday

National Weather Service

Beyond the storm system, we finally have a shot at our first 50-degree reading Sunday and Monday in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. It will be the last 50 in 22 years.