Tricounty News

Warming sunshine temporary but welcome

Weather: As they say, the calm before the storm. The area enjoyed some great weather on Sunday, Jan. 12, as temperatures warmed into the 30s and 40s. Alexandria hit 39 degrees and came within five degrees of the record high of 44 degrees set back in 1981.

Quiet conditions stayed with us on Monday for most of the day as high pressure continued to influence our weather. Most locations enjoyed sunshine and temperatures from five to 10 degrees above average.

However, a clipper-type system moved out of Canada and impacted Minnesota Monday night into Tuesday, bringing with it some light snow and windy conditions. This caused some tricky driving conditions across much of Minnesota.


Record low temps

Weather: The state of Minnesota had some of the coldest air that many of us have remembered for sometime from Sunday night into Tuesday morning. Overnight low temperatures by Monday morning reached 30 below zero and colder across parts of Northern Minnesota.

Most of Central and West Central Minnesota were in the 20 below zero and colder range for morning low temperatures Monday morning.


Swing of 51 degrees in 18 hours

Weather: It’s hard to believe that we went from temperatures in the 30s and 40s on Saturday across Minnesota to falling into the 20s and 30s below zero by Sunday. A blizzard warning was posted for much of Minnesota for Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning because of blowing snow.

Minneapolis had a record high of 47 degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday. That record had stood for 86 years, but soon fell to four below zero by 8 a.m. Sunday. This was a swing of 51 degrees in less than 18 hours.

Much of Central, West Central, and Northern Minnesota experienced the same temperature change. Alexandria had a high of 37 degrees on Saturday. Temperatures would drop to 16 below by Sunday morning. Wind chill values were in the 30 below to
36 below range for much of the day on Sunday.


Many places fell to below zero

Weather: Extremely cold air was in place on Monday and Tuesday across Minnesota as a big dome of Arctic air hit the Midwest.

Many locations in Northern Minnesota fell in the 20 below zero range. Waskish and Roseau both dropped to 25 below zero for the state lows on Monday morning.

Across Central and West Central Minnesota Sebeka and Nevis both fell to a cold 20 below zero on Monday. These cold temperatures, however, were still about 15 degrees off of their record low temperatures for both cities for that date.

Elbow Lake bottomed out at 21 degrees on Monday. Morris and Hancock were a “warmer” 18 below zero on Monday.

Alexandria dropped to 19 below zero. This was 13 degrees off of the record low for Monday dating back to 1983.

Meanwhile, Kimball and St. Cloud both dipped to five below zero for morning low temperatures on Monday.


More snow later in week

Weather: It was a cold weekend across the state of Minnesota. Alexandria hit a cool high on Sunday of just one degree above zero.

Thankfully, a warm-front arrived on Monday, Dec. 16, as we finally started to warm up once again, as daytime high temperatures were back into the 20s and even some lower 30s.

That frontal boundary system, however, did bring some light snow with the arrival of the warm-front. Many spots across Minnesota picked up a couple of inches of snowfall on Monday, with another one to two inches of snowfall Monday night with the second wave.