Temperatures turn seasonable by Thursday afternoon

Some sunshine with possible evening flurries

After another frigid start for parts of northern Minnesota, warmer air starts spreading across the state.

Thursday’s forecast

An area of high pressure has been responsible for the colder weather in place across Minnesota this week, and especially when paired with clear skies and calm winds overnight, northern Minnesota has seen a couple bitterly cold mornings.  This holds for the Arrowhead again Thursday morning, with many temperatures 20 to 30 below zero.   

However, the high pressure is sliding to our east now, bringing a more southeasterly flow behind it. 

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Thursday's weather pattern
National Weather Service

That milder pattern kept much of the state above zero overnight and into Thursday morning. 

The return of slightly warmer air brings seasonable high temperatures Thursday. Highs ranging from single digits north to 20s south are only a couple degrees below average for late January.

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Thursday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Skies will be partly sunny Thursday, and with the high pressure moving out, a minor weather disturbance makes its way into Minnesota during the evening, bringing the chance for flurries.

Widespread snow is much more likely over the weekend, while temperatures rise. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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