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Cloudy, cold, and unsettled midweek; limited sunshine with a slight weekend warm-up

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Blustery with showers today

The same large, slow-moving storm system that has been producing cool, unsettled weather over the last three days continues to bring cloudy, breezy, and damp weather to the region for our Tuesday. Expect low clouds with occasional rain and snow showers during the afternoon with temperatures only warming to around 40 degrees on the Minnesota side of the border. That's more than 15 degrees colder than the seasonal average! North Iowa will enjoy occasional breaks of sunshine helping temperatures reach the lower 40s. No snowfall accumulation is expected from those snow showers, but a raw westerly breeze will keep wind chill values in the 20s for the most part, keeping an element of winter in the area.

Snow showers tonight

A few snow showers or flurries will be possible tonight as the large storm system to our north begins to slowly pull away to the east as it moves toward the Great Lakes. Overnight low temperature will be in the lower 30s with wind chill levels in the teens and 20s.

Wednesday sprinkles

Clouds will linger behind the departing storm system on Wednesday to go with more of those cold winds. Expect a few sprinkles in the morning and early afternoon with blustery northwest winds that will occasionally gust beyond 20 miles per hour. Temperatures will climb from the low 30s early in the day to the mid-40s in the afternoon and wind chill levels will be in the mid-30s.

Brighter, slightly warmer late this week

A few breaks of sunshine will be possible Thursday while northwest wind will be diminishing as high pressure approaches from the northwest. High temperatures Thursday will be in the lower 50s which is within ten degrees of the seasonal norm.

As Severe Weather Awareness Week continues in Minnesota and Wisconsin, statewide tornado drills will take place at 1:45 PM and again at 6:45 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to practice your safety procedures including going to your "safe place" that you will need to utilize in the event of severe weather later this season.

Friday looks to be the brightest, warmest day of the workweek with abundant sunshine and light winds, and afternoon high temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s.

A seasonably cool weekend

A weak storm system will graze the area to the southwest Saturday, bringing a slight chance for a few spotty rain showers for the morning and early afternoon hours, especially west of Rochester. High temperatures will be in the lower 50s with a slight north breeze.

We'll enjoy brighter skies Sunday with a fair amount of sunshine breaking through the clouds between storm systems during the day. High temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s.

Slightly warmer next week

Slightly warmer air will begin to build into the region next week, but overall temperatures will struggle to reach the seasonal average, which by that part of the month will be close to 60 degrees. We'll have some sunshine Monday with high temperatures in the mid-50s before a cold front brings spotty afternoon rain showers to the area.

After a slightly cooler Tuesday next week, we'll have milder sunshine next Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures in the mid and possibly upper 50s, and some 60-degree warmth may return for the following weekend.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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