Mark Anderson Meteorologist
We had a nice day on Monday as many of us headed back to work and school after the weekend. Temperatures on Monday were generally in the upper 50s and lower 60s across most of Greater Minnesota.
We cooled off slightly on Tuesday as clouds increased out ahead of our next system, and this hindered our daytime heating. As a result, temperatures fell back in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
You have probably heard talk the past few days about another winter storm for the midweek. This system could change in both precipitation type and track, but at this stage we could see some snow and blowing snow Wednesday later in the day into Thursday.
This system orginated in the Gulf of Alaska, and came ashore in the Pacific northwest late Monday. It then pushed out of the southern Rockies and into the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest.
At this stage, there could be some heavy snow across the state of Minnesota late Wednesday. The northwest sector of the low that will track across the region is where the heaviest snow is likely fall.
In addition to the snow, a tight pressure gradient will develop and this is expected to produce strong winds gusting to 30 mph at times. If we do see some snow this could cause blizzard conditions at times across the area. Stay alert to changing weather conditions Wednesday into Thursday.
Drier weather is expected to return by the weekend along with temperatures near average for this time of the year.
Be safe and stay alert!
Weather history: On this date in 1977 it was a very warm April day. Temperatures were in the upper 70s and low to mid 80s across the region. For example, Redwood Falls reported a record high of 86 degrees F.
Weather fact: A flash flood is a flood that occurs “suddenly during or shortly following heavy rains” or from a sudden release of water such as in a dam break.
Sunrise: 6:43 a.m.
Sunset: 8:01 p.m.
Normal High: 47
Normal Low: 27
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 25 High 39
Duluth Low 28 High 36
Central Minn. Low 25 High 37
Twin Cities Low 35 High 42
Rochester Low 34 High 41
Marshall Low 35 High 41
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy and windy, 50% chance of rain/snow – some accumulation is expected. High 37 Low 28 Wind: ENE 20-30 mph Prec. .10”-.30”
A late winter storm could bring some snow across the area Wednesday afternoon into Thursday night. The winds will be strong and that could produce blizzard like conditions across parts of the region. If you are doing some traveling Wednesday into Thursday make sure you check weather conditions before you head out. Drier air will return by Friday into Saturday.
Thursday: Cloudy, 90% chance of snow possibly mixed with some rain. High 35 Low 26 Winds: SE 10-15>20 mph Prec. .20-”-.60”
Friday: Becoming party cloudy. High 38 Low 23 Wind: NNW 15-25 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 45 Low 27 Wind: WSW 10-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday. Partly cloudy. High 47 Low 33 Wind: S 10-15 mph Prec. None