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A blustery and cold, November-like Friday and weekend

The blast of cold air we’ve been talking about all week is here and now it feels like we’ve jumped forward a month in our weather. We’re dealing with a potent storm system centered to our north that is responsible for pulling in this cold air from Canada and generating some raw winds and wintry precipitation across the Upper Midwest. All of the elements are there for what would be a typical weekend…in late November! Talk about a huge change from the past several days when we were enjoying mild, October-like weather!

We’ll have a few light rain showers through the morning with spotty showers or sprinkles and even some flurries in the mid to late afternoon. High temperatures will be around 40 degrees, but those gusty west and southwest winds will range from 20 to 30 miles per hour and the gusts may be a little stronger than that, creating wind chill values in the 20s for most of the day.

It looks like we’ll dry out for Friday night football, but expect raw winds to keep wind chills in the low to mid-20s as temperatures themselves dip into the low to mid-30s. Overnight low temperatures will be below freezing in much of the area, so there is a Freeze Warning in effect until 9:00 AM Saturday signifying the potential end to the growing season, so you want to protect those sensitive outdoor plants or bring them inside if you can.

Saturday is still looking rather rough for our area as nasty southwest winds on the backside of the storm system will continue to howl in at 35 miles per hour at times, keeping wind chill values in the 20s and lower 30s while high temperatures will again be around 40 degrees. There will be another chance for some light rain and snow showers in the afternoon, but only a trace amount of accumulation is expected, perhaps in the grass or on the mailbox.

Sunday is looking a little better right now with slightly lighter winds and drier skies in store for us, but clouds look to hang around and temperatures will only reach the lower 40s, about 20 degrees below the seasonal average.

A warm-up is on the way for next week, but it will be a very gradual march toward more typical October weather as high temperatures will only be in the mid and upper 40s through Wednesday with 50s expected later in the week. There will be a chance for some light rain showers on Tuesday and again Thursday evening into early Friday. Next weekend is looking decent with high temperatures in the 50s, but a chance for some rain may return later Saturday and for much of Sunday.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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