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If you’re traveling, check out conditions


Weather column: We ended the weekend on kind of a gloomy note as clouds were the norm across Minnesota. Temperatures on Sunday were generally in the 20s and lower 30s. This allowed for some melting of the snow, but then as temperatures fell, things refroze and that made for slick driving conditions.

Monday, conditions were much the same with highs in the 20s with more clouds than sun. Thankfully, the winds were lighter than they were on Sunday so wind chill values were not an issue.


Another system pushed through parts of the area on Tuesday that brought some scattered snow to Minnesota. Highs were in the 20s. This one didn’t amount to much in the way of snow.

We are keeping a close eye on things, however, for Wednesday night into Thursday as a major winter storm is possible once again. At this stage, there is the chance of heavy snow across southern Minnesota, but if that tracks further north, areas in central and northern Minnesota could see heavy snowfall as well. A line from Fairmont to Owatonna to Eau Claire could see 12 inches or more of snow with this system.

If you are traveling Wednesday night into Thursday, stay tuned for more on this developing storm system. As always, for the latest road conditions around the state of Minnesota you may call 511 or go to the Minnesota Department of Transportation website at: www.511mn.org/default.asp?area=statewide.

Have a great weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1955 bitterly cold air was found all over the Midwest. Temperatures in Minnesota fell in many location from-30 to-40 below zero with wind chill value to near-60 below zero at times.

Weather fact: Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 8 High 20
Duluth Low 9  High 20
Central Minn. Low 10 High 21
Twin Cities Low 16 High 28
Rochester Low 13 High 27
Marshall Low 14 High 24

Monday, Dec. 17: Partly cloudy, fog possible early. High 21 Low 5 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”
Monday’s sunrise: 8:00 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 4:37 p.m.
Normal High: 20
Normal Low: 5

A storm system will make its way across the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest Wednesday night into Thursday that could bring snow and breezy conditions. The exact track and timing of this system is still to be determined. Stay alert to changing weather conditions.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with snow possible, then turning breezy and colder. High 14 Low-6 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.40”
Friday: Partly cloudy, early morning fog. High 16 Low 3 Winds: Variable at 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy with fog possible early. High 14 Low-8 Winds: Variable at 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Sunday: Partly cloudy and chilly – wind chill values to 20 below zero. High 18 Low-4 Wind: ESE 5-15 mph Prec. None