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WARMING UP AGAIN TODAY

After a storm system that brought the Northland quite a bit of rain (more than an inch in some areas), we are still looking at at least a couple more mild days before it starts to cool back down later this week.  Today, expect partly and mostly cloudy skies, and a steady warm up to the 40s and even mid 50s by later this afternoon.  Winds today will be out of the west-southwest at about 5-15 mph, and we’ll have temperatures well above average all day long.  It’ll be a touch cooler up in northern Minnesota, from the Iron Range up through Cook and Lake Counties, and up along the border with Canada; those areas will likely just see highs today in the mid and upper 40s.  The rest of us, from the Twin Ports to NW Wisconsin, to areas of Carlton, Itasca, and Aitkin Counties in Minnesota, will see highs well into the 50s this afternoon.  This will be the most spring-like day of the week, as temperatures will steadily get cooler from this point on.

By tonight, we’ll start to see more clouds than today build in, and temperatures will drop to the low 30s.  We have a chance for some rain showers tomorrow, and it’s possible some wet snow could mix in as well.  Accumulation will be difficult in most areas, especially those with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s.  But behind this clipper system coming across the border with Canada, colder air will seep back into the Northland by tomorrow night into Thursday.  The sun comes back out Thursday, but near-freezing high temperatures will be about as warm as we’ll muster.

It gets even more wintery by Friday.  Longer range models are predicting both below-freezing temperatures and a low pressure tracking across the Central Plains by week’s end.  This will make for a cold and windy Friday, but also there’s a decent chance for some accumulating blowing snow.  Highs on Friday will be in the upper 20s.  It’s looking to be even colder this weekend, with improving sky conditions, and even some sunshine by Sunday and Monday of next week.

 

- Meteorologist William Seay