Cool Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend

With colder temperatures across the area today, the rapid snow melt that we saw earlier this week has slowed dramatically. That’s great news for those looking for relief from flooding that we have been seeing across the area. I expected river levels to fall now through this weekend and early next week until our next warm-up which is on the way for next week.

Temperatures remain on the cool side this weekend with high temperatures only rising into the lower 30s for Saturday and the mid 30s heading into Sunday. Our average high is now up to 40 degrees as we gain a degree every 2 to 3 days with our average high temperature. We’ll see northwest flow with the jet stream through this weekend which means we’ll need to keep an eye on clipper systems which will dive south from Canada and across Minnesota. These systems will be moisture starved, so little is expected in the way of snow or rain accumulations with light snow showers possible later Saturday afternoon and perhaps a few flurries in the morning for Sunday.

Temperatures rebound heading into next week, especially with the passage of a clipper system on Tuesday. Typically a clipper storm system delivers a quick shot of colder air, but this system is expected to trend just far enough west that we’ll actually see a big warm up for the middle and end to next week. High temperatures range from the mid 30s to the lower 40s on Monday and Tuesday to the mid to upper 40s for the middle of next week and perhaps the 50s by next Friday! River levels are expected to rise again for next week, but with little rain in the forecast, hopefully river crests remain below our latest river crests!

Matt Benz

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