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Some April Fool’s Day lows occurred April 1

Weather column: Monday, of course, was April Fool’s Day, and we were treated to a bit of a practical “joke” to start off the week around the state of Minnesota. For example, Hallock dropped to a cold low of two below zero and was the coldest location around the state. This reading was only 10 degrees shy of the record low for the community.

Meanwhile, Alexandria had a low of 10 degrees on Monday. Last year, Alexandria had a record high of 69 degrees. This year, Elbow Lake dropped to 6 degrees for their morning low on Monday. That was just 7 degrees shy of the record low of 1 below zero dating back to 1975. One year ago Elbow Lake hit 69 degrees!

Morris had a low of 14 degrees on Monday. Last year for April Fool’s Day, Morris had a record high of 71 degrees. Wadena dropped to 6 degrees for the low on Monday. The record low for April Fool’s Day is 4 below set back in 1975.

In addion, Kimball dropped to 15 degrees for the overnight low on Monday. The record low is 3 degrees above zero set in 1975. Clara City had a much warmer low of 20 degrees. However, this was still 7 degrees cooler than average for April 1.

We will see some “rollercoaster” weather this week with temperatures at times above normal, but also some cooler than normal temperatures likely by Sunday. We could also see a mix of some rain and snow along the way with the best chance of some “measurable” snow by Friday night into Saturday.

Don’t forget, Severe Weather Awareness Week is coming up April 15-19. The statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. At those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning.

Have a great rest of the week and upcoming weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1991 the region had a taste of record or near record high temperatures. Most locations in Greater Minnesota saw temperatures climb to the upper 60s and lower 70s!

Weather fact: Tornado sirens “normally sound for about three minutes, and then go silent.” It is very rare to “keep the sirens sounding for the entire warning, since that would cause the backup battery to run out, which would be critical in the event that power goes out.”  Some jurisdictions may “repeat siren activation every few minutes.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 18 High 46

Duluth Low 15  High 42

Central Minn. Low 17 High 48

Twin Cities Low 24 High 51

Rochester Low 22 High 47

Marshall Low 22 High 57

Monday, April 1: Partly cloudy and mild. High 48 Low 30 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 6:58 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:55 p.m.

Normal High: 42

Normal Low: 25

We do have chances for some light rain possibly mixed with some light snow for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The best chance for moisture will arrive Friday night into Saturday as an area of low pressure slides through the state.

Thursday: Variable cloudiness, 20-percent chance of rain or snow. High 40 Low 23 Winds: SW/NW 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Friday: Mostly cloudy, 40-percent chance of light rain or snow. High 45 Low 30 Winds: NE/E 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy and breezy, 40-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 43 Low 27 Winds: NE 15-20 Prec. Trace-.20”

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 41 Low 27 Wind: ESE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”