Murky, mild weather remains the rule across the area for our Thursday as warm, damp air is being drawn into the region ahead of a large storm system that is approaching from the southwest. Flooding will continue to be a problem today as snow melts through the afternoon. We’ll have occasional light rain and drizzle in the area with temperatures hovering in the low to mid 40s through the day.
(Road Conditions in the area through the midday. Portions of Minnesota Highways 16, 60, and 74 are closed while Highway 52 in Cannon Falls and I-90 in Austin have water covering parts of the pavement causing traffic slow-downs.)
That storm system will move through the heart of our area early this evening and there will then be a transition from light rain to snow during the evening hours as colder air mixes in aloft. Look for less than half an inch of accumulation around midnight with temperatures dropping into the lower 30s. Raw, gusty northwest winds will add an extra chill to the air during the evening occasionally reaching 30 miles per hour and it looks like those winds will stick around through the night.
Colder air will continues to blow into the region for Friday with occasional sunshine trying to offset that colder air, helping temperatures reach the lower 30s during the afternoon. Winds will occasionally reach 35 miles per hour through the day, giving us wind chills values in the teens and 20s.
The weekend looks brighter and quieter with lighter winds under high pressure that will be settling into the region. High temperatures Saturday will be in the lower 30s with a few flurries early in the morning and again in the evening. St. Patrick’s Day Sunday with be brighter and more pleasant with high temperatures in the mid and upper 30s.
Next week looks very pleasant right now with sunshine expected each day and a slow warming trend looks to carry us from the 30s to the 40s and possibly the lower 50s by the end of the week.