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Some spots as low as 15 degrees



By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist

Weather column: Light snow fell across parts of Minnesota Saturday night into Sunday. Temperatures were cool on Sunday once that system pushed through the area. Some spots fell into the mid teens for lows Sunday morning across northern Minnesota.

International Falls, Warroad, Baudette, and Grand Marais all dipped to 15 degrees for the morning lows Sunday morning. For International Falls, that reading was just two degrees shy of the record low of 13 degrees set back in 1925. For Warroad, they were just four degrees shy of the record low of 11 degrees.

Most other locations fell into the 20s and 30s by Sunday morning across central and southern Minnesota. Temperatures did manage to warm-up into the 40s and 50s for daytime highs by Sunday afternoon. Luverne and Appleton, both in western Minnesota, of course, hit 50 degrees for daytime highs. That is near average for this time of the year for those locations.

Monday and Tuesday temperatures were in the 40s generally for daytime highs. It was breezy on Monday and that made it feel even cooler across the region.

For the trick-or-treaters on Wednesday, temperatures will be near average, or just slightly cooler than average for this time of the year. Normal highs now are generally in the upper 40s and lower 50s across most of the state. Highs should generally reach the mid to upper 40s. The wind should be light so that will help out the "ghosts and goblins." From what I understand, "Big Bird" is one of the hot costumes this year.

No big "Halloween Blizzard" like we had in 1991 in Minnesota is expected this year. You might recall that that storm produced nearly 37 inches of snow in Duluth.

On another note, the East Coast is expected to contend with hurricane "Sandy" this week. This storm is similar to the "Perfect Storm" from 1991. We will have to see how this one plays out.

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather history: On this date in 1991 it was cold all across Minnesota as temperatures fell into the teens. Alexandria, for example, had a record low of 14 degrees.

Weather fact: The average number of named storms in the Atlantic per year from 1981-2011 is 12. Six of those on average turn into hurricanes.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 30 High 45

Duluth Low 30 High 42

Central Minn. Low 32 High 46

Twin Cities Low 36 High 50

Rochester Low 37 High 51

Marshall Low 34 High 48

Monday, Oct. 29: Partly cloudy, High 46 Low 34 Winds: W 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday's sunrise: 7:59 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 6:09 p.m.

Normal High: 48

Normal Low: 29

High pressure will keep things quiet across the region for the midweek. We could see some light rain across the area by Saturday possibly mixed with some light snow across mainly northern Minnesota.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 48 Low 30 Winds: E 5-10 mph Prec. None

Friday: Increasing cloudiness, warmer and breezy. High 52 Low 36 Winds: SE 15-25 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, chance of light rain possibly mixed with light snow by the evening. High 52 Low 32 Winds: SW/NW 5-15 mph. Prec.None

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. High 43 Low 32 Wind: NW 5-10 mph Prec. None