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We may have to wait until February for cold temperatures

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High temperatures to end January have been well above normal for southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. Highs will continue to stay in the middle and lower 30s for the rest of the month! These are the types of temperatures we experience in early March, not late January. February could bring cold arctic air to the region though! Maybe a repeat of 2019!?

The Climate Prediction Center has released its temperature outlook for February. Their outlook places southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa in an area that could experience colder than normal temperatures for the month.

Remember back to the end of January in 2019. Temperatures plummeted near -30° for overnight lows with wind chills well below -50°. I'm not sure the "Polar Vortex" will have that type of impact on the area this year, but guidance is pointing to colder conditions for February. It might actually start to feel like a real Minnesota winter.

This weekend looks to be a warm one. Highs will be in the middle and lower 30s with mostly cloudy skies. Snow will stay out of the forecast both Saturday and Sunday. We shouldn't experience any travel issues due to the weather this weekend!

Have a great weekend.

Nick Jansen

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