Chilly Saturday morning; temps recover in the afternoon

Fall color update for leaf-peepers

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

Our official Twin Cities temperature dipped below 32 degrees this Saturday morning. It was our first 32 or colder reading of this autumn at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Many parts of Minnesota, including Twin Cities suburbs, had lows in the 20s.

Highs this afternoon will be mainly in the 40s, with lower 50s in southeastern Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin:

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Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Parts of the metro area will touch 50 degrees. Our average Twin Cities high is 54 degrees on Oct. 23.

Winds will be light in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with gusts of 12-15 mph Saturday afternoon in western Minnesota:

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

Plotted wind forecasts are in knots, with 12 knots equal to 13.8 mph.

It still looks like a dry Saturday in most areas.

Fall colors

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

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Friday fall color report
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The percentage of changeover to fall colors is between 75 percent and 100 percent in the medium-red shaded areas, including much of the Twin Cities metro area and portions of southeastern Minnesota.

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.

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