Temperatures tumble Thursday; warmer weekend

24 Temp change
24 hour change in temperatures
NOAA via pivotal weather

Another cold front is blowing through Minnesota, dropping Thursday’s temperatures into the teens by the afternoon and back below zero overnight into Friday. A rapid warmup is back for the weekend.

Roller-coaster temps

Temperatures topped out at a balmy 33 degrees in the Twin Cities at about 3:30 a.m. early Thursday morning — the day’s highest temperature — ahead of another push of colder air. Subzero air is already creeping into northwestern Minnesota and diving south.

early AM Thurs temps
Temperatures at 3 a.m. early Thursday morning
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via pivotal weather

We’ll all again be below zero statewide by early Friday morning, but temperatures will generally be warmer than the lows from Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lows Friday
Low temperatures early Friday morning
NOAA, via pivotal weather

High temperatures Friday afternoon will be chillier, no doubt, but not as bad as earlier this week and for a rather brief 36-hour period.

Highs Fridya
High temperatures Friday afternoon
National Weather Service

Already by Saturday and Sunday high temperatures are back well into the 20s, which is above normal.

highs saturday
High temperatures Saturday
NOAA, via pivotal weather

After the weekend we warm even more. Highs Monday look likely to be above freezing for southern Minnesota and even close to 30 perhaps into northern Minnesota for many spots.

highs monday
High temperatures Monday
NOAA, via pivotal weather

The models are going back and forth on the next potential arctic blast. While it is very likely we definitely cool off mid to late next week, just how far south the core of the next chunk of arctic air plummets is a question.

Temp anomaly loop
Temperature anomalies Monday through Saturday next week
College of DuPage Weather

Plan on more subzero nights at the very least, and stay tuned.

At least we won’t have lizards falling from the trees.

Falling iguana weather?

It’s worth noting that our cold air blowing through Thursday into Friday will reach all the way to the southeastern United States, dropping temperatures throughout Florida.

Cold air moves southeast
Cold air spills into Florida by Saturday night
NOAA, via pivotal weather

Temperatures will drop below the critical 40-degree mark for many places in south Florida.

Florida lows Saturday night
Low temperatures Saturday night in Florida
NOAA, via pivotal weather

Green iguanas, which are not native to Florida, become immobile at these chilly temperatures and literally can fall out of tree branches onto the ground.

They’re not dead, and largely not injured. As cold blooded animals, they will return to normal once the temperatures warm up again. Perhaps another reason to be thankful we’re in Minnesota?

Falling iguanas
Falling iguanas in south Florida Saturday night?
Brian Shields, WFTV via Twitter

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