A gusty, summer-like end to the work week
We're wrapping up the work week on a positive note today as sunshine and 80s degree warmth are expected across the entire area for this afternoon. Warm air will be blowing into the Upper Mississippi Valley ahead of a cold front that is approaching from the northwest on some gusty south winds that will occasionally reach 30 miles per hour in the midday and afternoon. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s today which is about 15 degrees warmer than the seasonal average.
Cloudier, but still mild Saturday
Clouds will thicken early Saturday as yet another storm system moves into the region from the west, but even so, temperatures will be rather mild for late September standards with afternoon readings around 80 degrees thanks to a mild southerly breeze. A few isolated showers and stray thunderstorms will be possible late in the afternoon and evening, especially north of Rochester.
Spotty Sunday showers
A few isolated showers may develop in the area behind the cold front from Saturday as it stalls just to our south. The best chances for those showers will be in the late morning through the mid-afternoon. We'll otherwise enjoy occasional sunshine during the day with high temperatures in the upper 60s and a moderate northwest breeze.
Much cooler next week
A stronger cold front will move through the region on Monday, bringing a chance of late day showers and some brisk winds to the area. High temperatures will be in the lower 60s in the afternoon with increasing cloud cover.
Tuesday and Wednesday will feature gusty, cool winds with spotty rain chances and only limited doses of sunshine. High temperatures will continue their downward trend, going from the upper 50s Tuesday afternoon to the lower 50s Wednesday. It looks like we'll have increasing sunshine between Thursday and Friday and temperatures will slowly warm toward the mid and upper 50s. Morning low temperatures may be cold enough late next week to allow for widespread frost or even a hard freeze in a few spots.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: