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Mild temperatures start the week



By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist

Temperatures were mild across the Upper Midwest last weekend and for the start of this week. I know many golf courses around the state of Minnesota were still open and that allowed many of you to get out and do some golfing.

Alexandria had a high temperature on Sunday of 53 degrees. That was just four degrees shy of the record high of 57 degrees set back in 1979. The morning low was 36 degrees. That was near our average high for this time of the year. Many other locations were in the 60s for highs across parts of southern Minnesota.

Our mild fall weather continued as well for Monday and Tuesday of this week. Highs were in the 50s and even 60s in some parts of the region. That allowed many of you to get your Christmas lights up early while the weather cooperated.

A change will be coming our way, however. Things should remain mild through Thursday for Thanksgiving Day, but then a cold-front will push across Minnesota by Thursday night. Some light rain possibly mixed with light snow could develop across parts of Minnesota.

By the way, the National Weather Service has put out their three-month forecast for the winter and it is indicating below-normal temps for much of Minnesota with equal chances for snowfall. What that means is that you should keep your winter coats out and your snow shovel and snowblowers handy, but we don't know how much you may use them just yet!

Have a great upcoming Thanksgiving weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 2011 on Thanksgiving Day it was also very mild with highs in the low to mid 50s common across the region.

Weather fact: Snow fact: snowflakes always have "six sides and similar to the human fingerprint, it is thought that no two snowflakes are ever exactly the same." Both the form and shape of a "snowflake depends on the temperature and moisture content of the cloud."

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 33 High 56

Duluth Low 32 High 51

Central Minn. Low 34 High 57

Twin Cities Low 38 High 61

Rochester Low 37 High 60

Marshall Low 36 High 59

Monday, Nov. 19: Clear to partly and warm. High 57 Low 43 Winds: S 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday's sunrise: 7:31 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 4:42 p.m.

Normal High: 35

Normal Low: 20

Mild air should stay with us through Thanksgiving Day before a cold-front pushes through Thursday night into Friday that could bring some light rain possibly mixed with some light snow across parts of Minnesota. Temperatures will return to more seasonal readings by Friday into the weekend.

Thursday: Increasing cloudiness and breezy, chance of light rain by the evening. High 50 Low 18 Winds: WSW/NW 10-20>25 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

Friday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and chilly. High 30 Low 23 Winds: NW 15-25 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 36 Low 27 Winds: SE 10-15 mph. Prec. None

Sunday: Variable cloudiness. High 36 Low 21 Wind: SW/NW 5-15 mph Prec. None