1940s, cloudy, but less windy on Saturday – Some snow showers possible on Sunday with cooler highs
Weekend weather forecast
The mostly cloudy skies will continue across the area as we head into Saturday – but it won’t be as windy! Morning temperatures start around 30 ° F with highs reaching the low 40s.
Statewide we will see a mixture of sun and cloud with sunnier skies over parts of northern Minnesota during the afternoon. There could be an alternate downpour or snow shower in southern Minnesota in the morning. The peaks will range from the 1930s in northern and central Minnesota to the 1940s in the south.
As we head into Sunday, cooler air filters through Minnesota behind a cold front with a 20s and 30s expected. The risk of snow will exist throughout the day in northern areas, with a risk of snow mostly in the morning the further south you head. Oh, and the windy conditions are returning – so enjoy the windy break on Saturday!
Here’s the simulated radar between midnight and 6 p.m. Sunday, showing the best chance snow could reach the Twin Cities during the morning hours, but snow could persist in parts of northern Minnesota throughout the day. In areas of northern Minnesota where snow persists, we might see totals of up to about an inch. The further south you go, the amounts of snow will be minimal.
The latest Drought Monitor – released Thursday – once again shows some improvement statewide in the drought situation we find ourselves in. All categories of active drought (from abnormally dry to extreme) in the state have seen improvement this week. We still see areas of this extreme drought in the Arrowhead, but it now covers only 3.15% of the state. 28.11% of the state (in parts of southern Minnesota) does not fall into any drought category.
First Look at Thanksgiving
Looks like a dry Thanksgiving is in the cards right now – but it will be chilly. Highs are expected to hit the low 30s under partly cloudy skies, but with northwesterly winds between 10-15mph it will look more like teenagers.
Supernaturally quiet time until next week
By Paul Douglas
I look out the window at a bunch of perennial leaves in my garden (bright green), wondering when will winter really come in? We’ve seen brief spasms of cold and wind, but Old Man Winter continues to perform well.
Why so quiet? Blame (or thank) a “zonal” wind from west to east aloft, responsible for the rapid variations in temperature, but precious little humidity in recent weeks. A westerly wind is a dry wind for Minnesota. Until the prevailing winds roar and howl from New Mexico, tapping into a deep well of moisture in the Gulf of Mexico, all of the snowflakes will be decorative in nature.
A few flashes of sunlight should draw the mercury to 40 degrees or better today, but a cold slap arrives on Sunday with northwest winds occasionally blowing up to 40 mph. Snow flurries are possible – just enough to stop and watch. Goosebumps fade midweek on Monday as daytime highs hit the 40s, but Thanksgiving brings a Canadian breeze and near-freezing highs. The summer was hot, the autumn lukewarm. Winter is getting late, but reality should set in soon.
Paul’s Extended Twin Cities Forecast
SATURDAY: A bit of sun. Alarm clock 30. High 41. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
SUNDAY: Showers and breathtaking winds. Alarm clock 28. High 35. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind NW 20-40 mph.
MONDAY: Radiant sun, worthy of a coat. Alarm clock 18. High 31. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and milder. Alarm clock 24. High 45. Chance of precipitation 0%. S wind 10-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny glances, cooler breeze. Alarm clock 36. High 42. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 15-30 mph.
THURSDAY: A little sun. Mashed potato drift. Alarm clock 19. High 30. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
FRIDAY: Increasing clouds, gusts of snow to the north. Alarm clock 22. High 38. Chance of precipitation 30%. S wind 10-15 mph.
Minneapolis Weather Almanac and Solar Data
* Duration of the day:9 hours, 21 minutes and 36 seconds
* Daylight LOST since yesterday: 2 minutes and 8 seconds
* When do we get below 9 hours of daylight? December 3 (8 hours, 58 minutes and 44 seconds)
* Next sunrise at 7:30 am or after: November 30 (7:30 am)
* First sunsets of the year: 4:31 p.m. between December 5 and December 14
This day in meteorological history
1996: Heavy snowfall amounts of four to eight inches cover much of central Minnesota. Some of the heaviest quantities included 8 inches in Montevideo and Gaylord, as well as 7 inches in St. James, Mankato, Madison and Stewart. Six inches have been reported in the Twin Cities and Glenwood.
1953: Freezing rain is hitting parts of Minnesota. 3 inches of ice accumulates on the wires at the telephone wires at Benton Lake.
National weather forecast
The system that moved across the Pacific Northwest on Friday will only produce scattered areas of rain and snow from the northwest to the northern plains on Saturday. The persistent cold front across Florida will help produce more showers and storms. During Saturday night, showers will be possible from the Mid-Mississippi River Valley to the Great Lakes.
Until Sunday, the heaviest snow will fall over parts of the northern Rockies where snowfall totaling up to about half a foot is possible. Precipitation of up to an inch will be possible in parts of southern Florida and the Ohio River Valley.
The hail-proof house? These Minnesotans are working on it
More from Star Tribune: “Severe weather haunted Bradley Heino like a heavenly ectoplasm in a horror film. shingles and its nerves. Fed up with having to deal with cyclical insurance claims as he rebuilt his roof – not to mention the noise, debris and disruption that comes with living on a construction site over and over again – Heino decided after the latest storm hit in 2016 that he needed to live in a hail-proof house.“
Comet Leonard could still become the brightest of 2021
More from EarthSky: “A much-anticipated comet is clearing up and could yet become the brightest comet of 2021. Astronomer Greg Leonard discovered the comet that now bears his name – C / 2021 A1 (Leonard) – on January 3, 2021, at the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona. Astronomers then reported that the discovery images showed a tail for the comet, suggesting we might see a beautiful tail as Comet Leonard moves closer to Earth and the sun. The comet is now between the orbits of Mars and Earth, heading inward. Comets are generally brighter when they are closest to the sun. And Comet Leonard will reach perihelion, its closest point to the sun, around January 3, 2022. And what about the comet’s closest approach to Earth? NASA / JPL estimates Comet Leonard’s closest-to-Earth approach to Earth will be on December 12, 2021 at around 1:54 p.m. UTC. It will pass Earth at the extremely safe distance of 21,687,279 miles (34,902,292 km).“
Climate change is coming to Connecticut, putting coastal towns like Groton at risk
More from Philadelphia Inquirer: “Along the banks of the Mystic River in Groton, Zell Steever shows landmarks he doesn’t expect to survive climate change. A row of buildings above the water. A sparkling new structure at the end of Gravel Street. Beautiful wooden houses with wide lawns, many of which date from the mid-19th century. All are in danger, says Steever, a white-bearded environmentalist who chairs Groton’s Resilience and Sustainability Task Force. Around the corner, West Main Street is bursting with New England charm. Visitors enter clothing stores, buy books and eat donuts in the September sun.“
– DJ Kayser