Colder and windy weather for Wednesday

Parts of Minnesota will see rain and snow

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Wednesday brings the return of cooler temperatures, high winds, plus areas of rain and even snow across Minnesota.

Wednesday’s forecast

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.

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Wednesday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Sustained wind speeds will be in the teens and 20s, with gusts exceeding 30 and 40 mph, especially in the afternoon.

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Wednesday afternoon sustained winds
National Weather Service

A wind advisory is in effect for southwestern Minnesota through the afternoon, for wind gusts that could reach 45 mph.

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Wind advisory noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday
National Weather Service

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.

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Wednesday afternoon precipitation
National Weather Service

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.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.

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