A breezy Monday; milder temps with highs topping 40 in some areas

Sprinkle chance highest north

Our Monday will start out with areas of fog. Parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin could also see a bit of freezing fog. Minnesota road conditions can be found here. Wisconsin road conditions can be found here.

Mild temps

Our average Twin Cities high temp is 31 this time of year. A few spots in the metro area could top 40 Monday. Highs of 40 degrees or higher are possible in most of Minnesota:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Northeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see mainly 30s.

Wind gusts of 20-28 mph are expected in many areas:

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Monday noon forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Plotted gusts are in knots, with 20 knots equal to 23 mph. Gusts in southwestern Minnesota will be over 30 mph at times.

Mild temps and gusty winds prompted the Duluth office of the National Weather Service to issue this note of caution about Lake Superior ice near the Twin Ports:

Rain chances highest north

Areas of showers will spread across northern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota Monday afternoon, and a few sprinkles could make it to the Twin Cities metro by late afternoon and early evening. The showers may mix with snow in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin by late afternoon or evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern for Monday afternoon and Monday evening:

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Simulated radar Monday and Monday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Update

This Updraft blog will be updated by around 9:30 a.m. with a look at the rest of this week.

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