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A quiet Thanksgiving Day, but wintry, messier weather is on the way

We’re getting a much-needed respite from nasty winter weather today as the storm system that brought heavy, wet snow to the area early Wednesday has moved to the northeast and the next system to impact our area has yet to arrive. While we won’t be seeing much of the sun today, we also won’t have to deal with harsh winds or any daytime precipitation either. High temperatures will be in the upper 20s with just a light easterly breeze.

Our weather becomes a bit trickier tonight as a disturbance moves in from the southwest ahead of the much larger storm system that will eventually dominate our weekend. A few light snow showers will be possible late in the evening with a dusting of snowfall possible, generally less than half an inch of accumulation. A few spots of freezing drizzle may develop in the pre-dawn hours Friday, potentially making for some slick travel and coating windshields with a slight glaze of ice.

Occasional snow, sleet, and rain will be possible from the late morning hours Friday through the afternoon with little if any accumulation during that stretch of time. High temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s with brisk southeast winds. Snow will be the main form of precipitation heading into the evening hours Friday and up to an inch of accumulation will be possible in the area before warmer air mixes in after midnight and we’ll see a change to all rain late. Temperatures will remain in the lower 30s overnight with gusty southeast winds.

Warmer air will continue to blow into the area on gusty south winds through Saturday, meaning we’ll have mainly rain showers all day and high temperatures will be in the upper 30s. Heavy snow will be possible in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin on the north side of the storm system.

As the storm system pulls away to the northeast Saturday night into Sunday, snow will again develop in our area with a minor coating possible later in the night and then an inch or two of accumulation will be possible on Sunday. Gusty, raw northwest winds will usher in colder air and high temperatures will be in the lower 30s.

Ironically, as we move into the upcoming workweek, our weather will become very quiet and rather sunny. The sunny, dry weather we would have loved to enjoy for the holiday weekend will be with us all week and high temperatures next week will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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