Tricounty News

Week starts on a cold note

The beginning of the week surely started off on a cold note around the state of Minnesota. Park Rapids fell to eight below zero for the morning low on Monday. Bemidji was close behind with a morning low of seven below zero. Meanwhile, Alexandria dipped to “only” five degrees above zero for the morning low. That was still chilly as the normal low for this time of the year for Alexandria is 14 degrees.

These readings were nowhere near the record low temperatures for those locations, however, as the record low for Park Rapids on Monday was 19 below zero set back in 1977. Bemidji’s record low temperature for Monday was 18 below zero also set in 1977.

If any of you were on the roads on Thanksgiving Day, parts of Minnesota were very dangerous, as you know, as some rain, freezing rain, and snow all fell during the late afternoon and evening. My wife, sisters, and I were all driving back from Minneapolis to Alexandria when the roads were treacherous from Monticello to Sauk Centre. We counted about 20 vehicles in the ditch during that stretch. Thankfully, we made it back safely.

Also, in Texas, fog made for very dangerous conditions as well, on Thanksgiving Day as a 100-car pile-up caused 50 injuries and two fatalities at last report. This is a reminder of how dangerous and how quickly conditions can change. Please slow down and drive carefully during this Christmas and Holiday season!

For the latest road conditions you may call 511!

Weather history: On this date in 1985 temperatures were cold throughout the Midwest. Temperatures in parts of the state fell to 20 below zero!

Weather fact: Dense fog advisory is used when dense fog covers a significant area and reduces visibility to less than 1/4 mile.

Moorhead Low 8 High 29
Duluth Low 12  High 27
Central Minn. Low 10 High 30
Twin Cities Low 16 High 36
Rochester Low 16 High 34
Marshall Low 14 High 33

Monday, Nov. 16: Partly cloudy with morning fog possible. High 30 Low 16 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Prec. None
Monday’s sunrise: 7:40 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 4:37 p.m.
Normal High: 29
Normal Low: 14

High pressure will stay with us for the midweek into much of the weekend making for cool temperatures, light winds, and the possibility of morning and late night fog.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, fog possible mainly early. High 30 Low 12 Winds: NE 5-10 mph Prec. None
Friday: More clouds than sun. High 36 Low 30 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with fog early. High 37 Low 18 Winds: E/SE 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, fog possible. High 41 Low 18 Wind: SW/SE 5-10 mph Prec. None