Balmy temps, gusty winds; cold air spreads southward Thursday night

Wind advisory includes southern Minnesota, south Twin Cities metro

A low-pressure system will spread gusty winds into Minnesota and western Wisconsin Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the surface pressure pattern plus the potential for rain/snow showers in parts of far northern Minnesota Thursday.

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Simulated radar and surface pressure from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Gusty winds

We’ll have strong winds across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with gusts of 40-45 mph at times.

A wind advisory runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in roughly the southern third of Minnesota, including the southern half of the Twin Cities metro area:

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Wind advisory 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday
National Weather Service

The advisory is for wind gusts as high as 45 mph.

A wind advisory covers parts of northern Wisconsin Thursday, and a wind advisory runs from 6 p.m. to midnight along the North Shore of Lake Superior:

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Wind advisory North Shore Thursday evening
National Weather Service

Warm temps south

The average Twin Cities high temp is 42 degrees this time of year. Some spots in the metro area will see highs in the mid-60s Thursday afternoon.

Thursday highs will range from 30s in far northwestern Minnesota to 60s in much of central and southern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin.

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Thursday forecast highs
National Weather Service

A cold front will rush southward later Thursday. Metro area temps will dip into the 40s this evening followed by 30s later Thursday night.

The mid-morning Updraft post will take a look at the weekend.