After a quieter day Friday, Saturday turns active again with wind and rain chances. Next week brings mostly warm and sunny weather.
Most of Minnesota started Friday in the 20s and 30s, which is close to average lows for late October. The one exception was the Arrowhead, where calm winds and breaks in the clouds allowed temperatures to drop into the teens.
Thanks to a southerly wind flow, highs will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s across the state.
This is still about 10 degrees below average, but milder than most of our recent weather. The light snow of Thursday night tapered-off early Friday morning, but cloud cover lingers most of the morning, with more sunshine into the afternoon.
Under southerly winds and the influence of a warm front Saturday morning, highs make it into the 40s and low 50s, which is very close to average for Halloween. Because of the recent cold weather, this return to average will be the warmest much of the state has been in almost two weeks.
By the afternoon hours, a cold front starts moving through the state, and that increases winds, especially in the afternoon and evening. The western edge of the state could see gusts over 40 mph.
While the cold front is predominantly dry, it is expected to bring a little light rain to northern Minnesota, which could turn into a light wintry mix in the evening as temperatures fall.
For any Halloween plans Saturday evening, temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s by 5 p.m.; it will be breezy, and expect light precipitation north.
The night also brings a full moon, which as the second full moon of the month is considered a “blue moon,” although viewing might be limited under mostly cloudy skies. Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., so Saturday night is also a good time to set the clocks back!
Behind Saturday’s front, temperatures drop again Sunday, with highs only in the 30s.
However, warm air quickly returns with 40s and 50s Monday. After that, much of the week warms above average, with more 50s in the forecast and 60s for southern Minnesota.
The week also stays mostly dry and sunny, so it should be some pleasant fall weather!
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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