Pleasant Monday; damp Tuesday; warmer later in the week

Monday will bring a welcome break from our past four days of damp, chilly, windswept weather. The sun will even make a cheerful appearance mainly in areas south and west of the Twin Cities.

Afternoon high temperatures on Monday will range from the low 40s in the north to the low 50s in the sunny southwest. The Twin Cities should have a high around 49. Those temperatures are about 10 degrees colder than average for this date but the lack of wind will be a treat.

Chilly, damp Tuesday

Unfortunately, Monday will be a one-day wonder. A compact low-pressure system from the Canadian prairies will bring clouds, showers and a chance of thunderstorms our way beginning Monday night and continuing on Tuesday.

The precipitation is likely to change to wet snow on Tuesday from central to northern Minnesota before likely changing back to rain later in the day. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible from around Brainerd to Duluth to Hibbing.

Forecast of snowfall accumulations on Tuesday
Forecast of snowfall accumulations on Tuesday
Duluth National Weather Service

The southern third of Minnesota will be on the fringe of this precipitation and might get just spotty showers.

Forecast weather map for Tuesday
Forecast weather map for Tuesday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Prediction Center

Cooler temperatures on Tuesday will bring highs from the upper 30s to mid-40s.

Warming later this week

A cool, dry Wednesday will be followed by a few days that will feel less like November.

Thursday and Friday will be mild. The Twin Cities should see afternoon temperatures warm into the low 60s on Friday with a slight chance of afternoon showers.

Forecast high temperatures for Friday
Forecast high temperatures for Friday
NOAA Storm Prediction Center

Weekend looks at least partly pleasant

Saturday might be the better day of the weekend for yardwork or a hike. It should be a dry day with temperatures on the mild side for the middle third of October.

By Sunday we will have to point our weather eye toward the southwest. A storm system is forecast to develop over Colorado and track northeast. Timing is uncertain so many days out, but a plume of rain is likely to arrive beginning either on Sunday or maybe holding off until Sunday night into Monday.

Rain is most likely across the southern half of Minnesota. Rainfalls in excess of one-half inch are possible.

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