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TIMES OF SUN AND VERY MILD AIR THROUGH EARLY WEEK

Sunshine dominated the picture all weekend long in the Northland! Afternoon temperatures also stayed above average, topping out in the upper 40s and 50s through Sunday afternoon. This was because of a strong south breeze that dragged in the unseasonably warm air as high pressure continues to sit to our east. Expect a cold front to brush through tonight as the wind will shift more out of the west to northwest. A stray shower or two may clip far northern Minnesota as the low pressure moves east tonight but precipitation chances will be meager.

We will end Sunday night and begin Monday morning with temperatures in the unseasonably warm lower 30s. A few clouds will mix in as the quiet pattern will continue. Ready for lighter wind? Monday definitely has that in store for the Northland! Plenty of sun is likely as high temperatures will rise well into the upper 40s and 50s to start the work week! A brief surface high pressure will keep the wind light out of the west to southwest through the afternoon. Tuesday will be the warmest day of the week as record setting readings will be possible!

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Most cities will EASILY reach the lower to middle 50s by the time Tuesday afternoon rolls in! This will be due to another strong southerly breeze as wind gusts may top 30 to 40 mph at times. As a result, several spots may tie or exceed daily record high temperatures on Tuesday. If you are a fan of this weather, then make sure you get outside and enjoy before conditions change a bit more midweek.

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A few low pressures will develop to our west Tuesday night and will push through the Northland and surrounding Midwest states Wednesday through Thursday morning. Most of the precipitation with this storm system will remain in rain form early Wednesday, with all of it transitioning to light freezing rain and snow Wednesday afternoon through sunset. Any kind of freezing rain will be limited to a few hundredths of an inch and total precipitation accumulation will generally range from 0.10"-0.50" across the area.

We are still gathering details on this storm system as it nears, but the best chance for accumulating snow (1-3") will be from the Twin Ports and points eastward. Especially, along and north of US Highway 2 in northwestern Wisconsin. The precipitation will end by the late morning hours Thursday as the storm pushes east.

In the wake of the midweek storm system will be the return of another fairly quiet pattern for the Upper Midwest. A few small disturbances may brush along and could bring some hit or miss stray showers. Overall, expect surface high pressure to dictate our forecast to end the week and head into next weekend. Temperatures will still run above normal, but not nearly as mild than as of late! Expect afternoon readings between 30-45° and quite a bit of sun.

Chief Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli

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