A bright Saturday, with typical mid-October temps

Fall color update for leaf-peepers

Much of Minnesota is will start out Saturday morning with temps in the 30s. Frost advisories continue until 9 a.m. this Saturday in much of western Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota, with freeze warnings in northwestern Minnesota and the far southwest:

Frost advisories and freeze warnings early Saturday morning
National Weather Service

The freeze warning in far southwestern Minnesota expires at 10 a.m. today.

Highs and winds

Our average Twin Cities high temp is 58 degrees on Oct. 16. Metro area highs will be around 60 Saturday afternoon. Parts of southwestern Minnesota will reach the lower 60s, with 50s in northern Minnesota:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Winds will gust over 20 mph in parts of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin this afternoon:

Saturday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 19 knots equal to about 22 mph.

Fall color update

The latest fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows colors past peak in the dark-red shaded areas of northern and central Minnesota:

Fall colors Friday
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The percentage of changeover to fall colors is between 75% and 100% in the medium-red shaded areas, including parts of the west metro.

Keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included in the fall color report, not just maples.

Wisconsin fall color info can be found here.


This Updraft blog will be updated around 10:15 a.m. with a look at Sunday and the week ahead.

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