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We continue to enjoy balmy, sunny fall weather… for now

It seems almost too good to be true, but the beautiful, mild, sunny weather we’ve enjoyed over the past couple of days is hanging around for our Tuesday as we experience some fantastic fall weather across the region. Warm air is building in from the south on the backside of high pressure that continues to bring abundant sunshine to the Upper Mississippi Valley. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s this afternoon with gusty south winds that will occasionally reach 30 miles per hour in the midday and afternoon.

Those south winds will remain a bit breezy tonight, keeping temperatures from falling off as much as recent nights as our overnight low temperatures will be close to 50 degrees.

The bright, balmy weather will continue for Wednesday with plenty of sunshine and south winds helping temperatures once again reach the upper 60s and lower 70s across the area. South winds will occasionally reach the 30 to 35 mile per hour range and the afternoon tomorrow with a few thin clouds drifting in later in the day ahead of a large storm system that will be approaching from the west.

Showers will spread across the area later Wednesday night and through the day Thursday, but temperatures will still be on the mild side as south winds remain rather breezy. Look for mid-60s Thursday afternoon with even enough instability for some thunder at times late in the day.

As the potent storms system and its cold front push through the area early Friday morning, looking for temperatures to drop off dramatically. Our morning high temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s Friday, but northwest winds will blow much cooler air into the region, helping those temperatures drop to the lower 40s by the afternoon with occasional rain throughout the day.

As temperatures drop to the mid-30s late Friday night, a little wet snow may mix in at times and wind chill values will be in the 20s.

The light rain and snow showers will continue through Saturday, but at this point, no accumulation is expected on our area. However, it will be a raw and blustery day with strong west winds in the 30 mile per hour range and daytime temperatures that will struggle to reach the lower 40s.

Sunday is looking bright and drier, but still chilly and November-like. We’ll have some sunshine, but also some brisk winds and high temperatures will be in the mid-40s.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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