October starts off cold

Mostly cloudy skies and spotty showers persist

The first day of October brings colder weather, breezy conditions and spotty rain showers.

Thursday’s forecast

Despite a cold front that moved through Minnesota early Wednesday, and another moving through the state as of Thursday morning, temperatures are starting seasonable with 30s north and 40s south.

However, this is colder than Wednesday morning, and the afternoon will also be noticeably chillier, with highs only in the 40s and low 50s.

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Thursday high temperatures
National Weather Service

This is 10 to 15 degrees below average for most of the state. Breezy northwest winds will make it feel even colder.

The cold front, which is in central Minnesota as of 7 a.m., passes entirely through the state by early afternoon. 

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Forecast front position 1 p.m. Thursday
National Weather Service

In the meantime, it is keeping more cloud cover and spotty showers across much of the state. As the front moves off, rain chances slowly diminish and skies start to clear, especially during the evening and overnight.

Unfortunately, with clearing skies and colder air behind the front, overnight temperatures will plummet into the 20s and 30s, causing widespread frost and freeze concerns by Friday morning. 

That extended forecast will be updates 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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