Tricounty News

We had sunshine, Sunday

Weather column: The area enjoyed more sunshine than what was anticipated on Sunday, but I don’t think many of you were complaining.

The low pressure system should move out of most of Minnesota by Thursday afternoon and evening, but we could see a few lingering showers for Halloween mainly early in the day.

It will be a few degrees cooler than average on Thursday for the trick-or-treaters. Highs will generally reach the mid- to upper-40s across the area.

A friendly reminder that this coming Sunday at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will end as we turn the clocks back one hour. It will get dark now at around
5 p.m. starting Sunday, but it will be lighter for those off to church Sunday morning and for those off to work and school on Monday morning.

Have a “spooktacular” Halloween Day!


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.


Temperatures cooled off over weekend

Weather column: What a difference just a week makes with our weather across Minnesota. Just last week at this time, temperatures were in the 70s and even some lower 80s across the region. We knew it certainly couldn’t last forever.

Temperatures cooled-off over the weekend across Minnesota on the backside of a cold-front that brought rain and even some storms across Minnesota on Friday. Some of those showers lingered into early Saturday before a clearing sky took place by Saturday afternoon and evening.

High temperatures on Sunday were generally in the 50s across the state. Alexandria and Morris had high temperatures of 57 degrees on Sunday.

Elbow Lake and Menahga both topped out at 56 degrees on Sunday.

Sebeka hit just 54 degrees on Sunday after a morning low of a cool 33 degrees. Some frost was found across much of North Central Minnesota early in the morning on Sunday.


Rainfall won’t return until Friday

Weather column: The storm system that brought showers to the region last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday finally moved out of the region by Sunday afternoon. This made for some nice weather for Sunday afternoon and evening across most of Minnesota.

Temperatures started off this week very mild for this time of the year  With temperatures in the 70s and even some lower 80s across parts of Southwest Minnesota this week; along with breezy conditions and low dew points, this certainly increased the fire danger for wildfires across Minnesota.

As of Monday, the fire danger index across Minnesota was in the low rating. However, with very mild temperatures and fairly strong winds this week that will dry things out in a hurry. As a result, “Red Flag Warnings” could be issued across parts of Minnesota for the potential for wild fires.


Change coming Wednesday and Thursday

Weather column: The area was between weather disturbances to start the work and school week off, and that allowed for a mild and rather breezy day across much of the Midwest on Monday.

The sunshine and a southerly flow were what helped to contribute to temperatures generally from 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of the year statewide. Locations from Marshall, Luverne, and Madison all hit the low- to mid-80s on Monday.

Parts of the Upper Midwest were dealing with wind advisories as well, across South Dakota and Iowa on Monday. In addition, with the warm and dry conditions and fairly strong winds across the Upper Midwest, there remained concerns for wild fires.