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Seasonably cool today; breezy, warmer with some light snow chances this weekend

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A bright and pleasant Thursday

Stratus clouds and patches of fog have rolled into the area for our Thursday afternoon ahead of an area of high pressure that is approaching from the west, limiting our sunshine and making for a slightly cooler feeling day. Expect occasional sunshine today with seasonably cool high temperatures in the lower 30s across the area with a slight westerly breeze that will make it feel like the lower 20s.

Breezy and warmer Friday

Warmer air will again blow into the region Friday ahead of a storm system that will be gliding through the Upper Mississippi Valley to our north. We'll have occasional sunshine and clouds throughout the day with strong, gusty south winds and high temperatures will be in the upper 30s. Those strong winds will occasionally reach 40 miles per hour, making it feel like the upper 20s to lower 30s for most of the day.

Light rain and snow showers will move into the area late Friday evening as a weak area of low pressure slides into the area. At this point, it looks like snowfall accumulation will be less than half an inch in most spots. Clouds will clear lake in the night with low temperatures in the upper 20s.

Weekend snow possible

Saturday is looking like a rather pleasant day across the area as we'll be between storm systems, enjoying plenty of sunshine and a lighter southwest breeze. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s which is almost ten degrees above the seasonal average.

Light snow will develop late in the evening Saturday and will likely continue until a little past sunrise Sunday. As it stands right now, accumulation will be light, mainly around an inch with overnight temperatures in the lower 20s. Sunshine will dominate the bulk of our Sunday with a brisk northwest breeze blowing in colder air behind the storm system. High temperatures will be in the upper 20s with wind chill values in the teens.

Slow warm-up next week

High pressure from the northern Plains will bring cold sunshine to the area for Monday with high temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s in most spots.

Warmer air will blow into the region on gusty south winds next Tuesday, and with the help of abundant sunshine temperatures will make their way into the upper 30s by the afternoon hours.

Mild air will stick around for the mid and late portions of the week with sunshine hanging around the area. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees each day. We may also experience high temperatures in the 40s across the area for the weekend that follows the upcoming workweek.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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