Tricounty News

First dusting of snow fell

Weather column: We had our first real taste of winter across Minnesota on Sunday. A dusting of snow fell across much of Central and West Central Minnesota on Sunday. The majority of the snow melted, however, on impact on area roads and sidewalks.

Temperatures did manage to warm up enough that the snow turned to light rain during the afternoon hours on Sunday. Daytime high temperatures on Sunday were generally in the upper 30s and lower 40s across the region. Alexandria, for example, had a high of 39 degrees.

Temperatures were chilly to start the work and school week on Monday morning. Some spots in Northern Minnesota dipped into the low  to mid 20s. Crane Lake dipped to 24 degrees. Bemidji, meanwhile, bottomed-out at 25 degrees on Monday.

An Alberta Clipper brought some additional light snow to parts of Minnesota Monday night into Tuesday. These fast moving storms do not generally leave much snow in their wake.

The jetstream will continue to drive in unseasonably cold air for the mid-week and into the weekend. High temperatures will generally stay in the upper 30s and low to mid 40s during much of the period. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s across much of the Greater Minnesota.

We should moderate a bit by Sunday out ahead of another weak disturbance.

By the way, if you are a sky watcher, the moon will rise around 10 p.m. on Thursday night “with bright Jupiter to its left or lower left.” Plus, just a bit further “left is Pollux, with Castor above it.”  Have fun checking them out Thursday night!

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather fact: Did you know that a two-mile thick dome of glacial ice covers most of Greenland? The weight of the ice is so “great that if it suddenly melted the bedrock of the island would rise 2,500 feet”

Weather history: On this date back in 1899 the temperatures in the “Twin Cities hit a very warm 82 degrees”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 26 High 38

Duluth Low 26  High 36

Central Minn. Low 28 High 40

Twin Cities Low 32 High 43

Rochester Low 32 High 44

Marshall Low 31 High 42

Monday Oct. 21 sunrise:
7:49 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 6:23 p.m.

Normal High: 53

Normal Low: 34

A pretty quiet week and weekend is in store at this stage. Temperatures should moderate a bit by the weekend, but temperatures will remain below average for this time of the year through Sunday.

Wednesday: Variable cloudiness, 20-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 40 Low 28 Wind: WNW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 39 Low 28 Winds: WNW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 46 Low 32 Winds: SW 5-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 43 Low 32 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Sunday: A blend of clouds and sun, 20-percent chance of rain/snow. High 46 Low 32 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Cooler air will be in place right through the weekend along with a chance of showers for Saturday and early Sunday morning. Some thunderstorms are also likely for late Friday into early Saturday. Drier air will return by Sunday before another disturbance arrives by Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be below normal for much of the period.