Wednesday brings the return of cooler temperatures, high winds, plus areas of rain and even snow across Minnesota.
Despite Tuesday’s warm weather, a cold front was moving across the state, and now a second cold front has moved through Wednesday morning, both bringing colder air into Minnesota. '
Highs Wednesday will only make it into the 40s and 50s, which is a 10- to 15-degree drop from Tuesday’s highs, but it will feel even colder because of the wind.
Sustained wind speeds will be in the teens and 20s, with gusts exceeding 30 and 40 mph, especially in the afternoon.
A wind advisory is in effect for southwestern Minnesota through the afternoon, for wind gusts that could reach 45 mph.
The second cold front is just south of Minnesota as of Wednesday morning, bringing southern Minnesota areas of light rain and an occasional isolated thunderstorm. That precipitation should clear out into the afternoon as the front moves out, but as the rain exits southern Minnesota, more light rain showers are likely to move into northern Minnesota by the afternoon.
The rain will switch to light snow for northern Minnesota overnight, but any accumulation should stay under an inch. Temperatures fall even more by Thursday. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.
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