Coldest morning in 8 months; warming trend next

First subzero temps of the season for many locations Tuesday morning

Low temperatures Tuesday
Low temperatures Tuesday morning
Twin Cities National Weather Service office

Well, that got your attention.

Temperatures Tuesday morning plunged to the lowest levels in more than eight months across most of Minnesota. You can see the numerous locations that approached or reached zero degrees in the image above.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bottomed out at 8 degrees Tuesday morning. That’s the coldest temperature recorded at MSP in more than eight months, since 7 degrees on March 19!

Subzero temperatures were recorded at many locations in northern Minnesota on Tuesday. Here are a few select readings:

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  • Warroad, minus 2 degrees

  • Duluth, minus 2 degrees

  • International Falls, minus 6 degrees

  • Hibbing, minus 8 degrees

  • Cook, minus 9 degrees

  • Celina (north of Hibbing), minus 11 degrees

TUE lows reported
Low temperatures reported early Tuesday morning for northern Minnesota
National Weather Service

Warming trend begins

As I write this post early Tuesday afternoon, temperatures are recovering into the 20s and 30s across Minnesota. Highs will approach 40 degrees in southwestern Minnesota.

Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

By Wednesday, highs in the 40s will cover most of southern and western Minnesota, including the greater Twin Cities area.

Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
NOAA

Highs into the upcoming weekend will range in the mid to upper 30s across southern Minnesota. There is still a small chance for light snow by Sunday.

Mild December on the way?

Even with our recent cold snap, November is running 3.9 degrees milder than normal in the Twin Cities through Nov. 27. We’re going to finish November above normal. This will be the seventh straight warmer-than-normal month for Minnesota.

As we move into December, the forecast maps suggest 40s again next week for much of southern and western Minnesota. Some models I trust suggest we could see 50 degrees in southwestern Minnesota next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s outlooks confirm that thinking through the next 14 days.

NOAA 8 to 14-day temperature outlook
8 to 14-day temperature outlook.
NOAA

And even the week 3 and 4 temperature outlooks favor milder than normal temperatures across Minnesota.

NOAA week 3 and 4 temperature outlook
Temperature outlook Dec. 9-22
NOAA

So it looks likely that December may bring the eighth straight warmer-than-normal month to Minnesota.

Stay tuned.