Air quality alert for metro this weekend; weather warms to near 40 next week

The Twin Cities are climbing out of the deep freeze into near spring-like weather.

After days of subzero temps, highs could reach 41 by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. But first, some light snow, cold wind and an air quality warning.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert Friday for people with breathing issues. Those without such issues are less likely to be affected.

Light winds and poor atmospheric mixing will produce an increased level of fine particles beginning Friday evening and ending around noon Sunday.

The alert covers east-central Minnesota, from St. Cloud to the Twin Cities, and southeastern Minnesota, from the Twin Cities through Rochester and Albert Lea.

The Twin Cities area will see freezing fog Saturday morning. But after 10 a.m., the sun will come out with a high near 21.

Southerly winds on Saturday will transport more fine particles into Minnesota through Sunday morning. Air quality will gradually improve Sunday morning as a weather disturbance moves across Minnesota, which will improve dispersion and bring in cleaner air from the west.

Expect about 1 to 2 inches of snow Sunday afternoon with a high of 29.

The winds shift Monday, coming in from the southwest and lifting the temps to a high near 38 and a low of 28.

Break out the shades on Tuesday. If the forecast holds, it should be sunny with a high of 41.

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