A blustery Wednesday
Thick clouds, raw winds, and spotty showers will once again impact our area today as a large storm system continues to slowly work its way across northern Minnesota, heading toward the Great Lakes. Expect a gray, blustery day with flurries this morning and then spotty rain showers and sprinkles in the midday and afternoon hours. High temperatures will be in the mid-40s with northwest winds occasionally gusting to 20 miles per hour, creating wind chill values in the 20s to mid-30s.
Slightly warmer Thursday
The storm system will finally make some progress Thursday, drifting through the northern Great Lakes and away from the Upper Mississippi Valley so we'll get a break from rain and snow chances as well as the harsh winds we've been dealing with for several days now. Clouds will be slow to erode, but right now it looks like we'll have occasional breaks of sunshine in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s to near 50-degrees tomorrow afternoon with a slight northerly breeze that will only reach 15 miles per hour occasionally. Wind chill levels tomorrow will be in the 30s to lower 40s.
Don't forget to take time Thursday afternoon and evening to practice your severe weather safety procedures. There will be statewide tornado drills for Minnesota and Wisconsin as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week taking place at 1:45 and 6:45 PM.
Sunnier, slightly warmer weather for the weekend
High pressure will settle into the region from the northwest Friday, bringing some sunshine to the area with a lighter north breeze to round out the workweek. High temperatures will be in the mid-50s in the afternoon. That's just a few degrees shy of the seasonal average, the closest we will have been to the mid-April norm in a full week.
A storm system approaching from the Plains will skirt the local area to the southwest Saturday, but clouds will thicken for much of the day with a brisk north breeze. High temperatures Saturday afternoon will be in the lower 50s.
Sunday looks sunnier and a little more pleasant with a light breeze and high temperatures in the mid-50s.
Clouds will thicken during the day Monday as a cold front moves into the Upper Mississippi Valley. A few light rain showers will be possible in the midday hours through the afternoon and early evening with high temperatures near 50 degrees.
Cooler, drier in the midweek
We'll have occasional sunshine and gusty winds next Tuesday as colder air blows into the region. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s Tuesday afternoon which will be more than ten degrees below the seasonal average for that part of the month. We'll have sunnier weather with slightly lighter winds for next Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures slowly warming from the 40s to lower 50s.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: