Friday brings a seasonable chill for mid-October, but coming off of such a warm summer and mild fall, that chill is actually the coldest many parts of the state have been in over five months.
Thanks to a few more clouds, northern Minnesota is starting Friday in the 40s, which is about 10 degrees above average.
However, it is the chilliest air so far this season for portions of central and southern Minnesota, although the morning lows the state is seeing Friday are seasonable if not above average. Central and southern Minnesota have a mix of 30s and 40s under fewer clouds, which is close to normal lows for mid-October. For example, the Twin Cities is at 43 degrees as of 7 a.m. with a normal low on Oct. 15 of 41. Despite the temperatures Friday morning being seasonable, Minnesota had such a warm summer and fall so far, that for some spots in central and southern Minnesota, this is the chilliest morning since back in early May.
With most of Minnesota forecast to see highs a couple degrees cooler than Thursday, and afternoon temperatures expected to be in the 40s to mid-50s, this will also put highs in many spots at the coldest since May, despite being only a few degrees below average.
The state can also expect a few more clouds Friday, as a weak disturbance moves across Minnesota. This also brings a very spotty rain chance, especially north, but a few sprinkles could also develop around the Twin Cities, particularly in the early evening.
Skies clear overnight Friday, setting the stage for frost Saturday, but the return of abundant sunshine also warms the state over the weekend.
That extended forecast will be updated around 9:30 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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