Southerly winds and afternoon sunshine make Wednesday the warmest day of the week across most of Minnesota.
With very light to calm winds overnight, a few areas, especially in north-central Minnesota, are starting with fog Wednesday that will lift through the morning. Several places, including Bemidji and Hibbing, are seeing visibility as low as a quarter-mile with freezing fog as of 7a.m., so drive with care.
Otherwise, the morning is mild again for January, ranging from teens and a few single-digits north to a few 30s south.
Highs will also be incredibly warm for this time of year, with much of the state 15 to 25 degrees above average. Almost all of Minnesota makes it into the 30s, with 40s south, and even a chance at 50 in the southwest corner of the state.
There will be a mix of clouds and sun through the day with enough sunshine in the afternoon, plus the mild temperatures, to make it pleasant.
More clouds move in late in the day, and by late Wednesday evening, a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow start pushing into western Minnesota.
This is the leading edge of a snowstorm that will impact the state through Friday and could bring areas of heavy snow. That extended forecast will be updated at 9 a.m.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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