Gusty winds Saturday, with periods of snow or a mix; quiet weather Sunday

Back to the 40s Thursday

Parts of northwestern Minnesota saw several inches of snow Friday evening into Saturday morning.

Middle River, in Marshall County, measured 6 inches of new snow and there’s a report of 5.4 inches in Crookston, which is in Polk County of northwestern Minnesota.

Additional snow reports will be found here as they are posted by the National Weather Service. You can pan and zoom the linked map to see snow totals plus the date and time of the measurement. Here’s how the snow report map looked at 10 a.m. Saturday:

Friday/early Saturday snow reports received through 10 a.m. Saturday

Additional snow

Additional snow amounts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are expected to be generally one inch or less Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. There could be a few pockets of higher snow amounts.

The snow could be mixed with light rain or drizzle at times in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The snow gradually tapers off from west to east late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Saturday:

NAM simulated radar from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

NOAA’s High Resolution Rapid-Refresh model shows a similar precipitation pattern from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.:

HRRR simulated radar from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com


A winter weather advisory continues until 3 p.m. this Saturday in portions of northwestern Minnesota, mainly due to blowing snow plus some lingering light snow:

Winter weather advisory (blue) until 3 p.m. saturday
National Weather Service

Here are details of the advisory:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Grand Forks ND 1158 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2023 MNZ001-005-008-013>015-092100- /O.EXT.KFGF.WW.Y.0030.000000T0000Z-231209T2100Z/ West Polk-Roseau-East Marshall-Pennington-Red Lake-East Polk- Including the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Casperson, Fox, Hayes Lake State Park, Malung, Pencer, Roseau, Salol, Newfolden, Middle River, Espelie, Gatzke, Grygla, Rosewood, Dakota Junction, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, and Erskine 1158 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2023 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON... * WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northwest Minnesota. * WHEN...Until 3 PM CST this afternoon. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for North Dakota can be found at travel.dot.nd.gov and for Minnesota at 511mn.org, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state.

A wind advisory continues until 6 p.m. this Saturday in southwestern Minnesota:

Wind advisory (brown) until 6 p.m. Saturday
National Weather Service

Here are details of the wind advisory:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 1156 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2023 MNZ054-064-073-074-082-091-100000- /O.CON.KMPX.WI.Y.0007.000000T0000Z-231210T0000Z/ Lac Qui Parle-Yellow Medicine-Redwood-Brown-Watonwan-Martin- Including the cities of Granite Falls, Redwood Falls, Fairmont, Madison, St James, and New Ulm 1156 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2023 ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * WHERE...Brown, Martin, Watonwan, Redwood, Lac Qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine Counties. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph are possible in eastern Minnesota Saturday afternoon.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network

Updated forecast info will be posted by the NWS offices in the Twin CitiesDuluth and La CrosseSioux Falls and Grand Forks.

Saturday high temperatures occurred before 1 a.m. across much of Minnesota.

The Twin Cities high was 40 degrees, with temps expected to remain in the 30s for most of the day in the metro area and across much of eastern Minnesota. Western Minnesota will see temps dip into the 20s.

Wind chill readings will dip into the single-digits in much of northwestern and west-central Minnesota Saturday afternoon, with wind chills in the teens and lower 20s to the east.

Sunday highs will be in the 20s across northern Minnesota, with mainly 30s in the south:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

The average Twin Cities high temperature is 31 degrees on Dec. 10.

Monday highs will be mainly in the 30s, with some 20s in the far north:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

A few spots in southwestern Minnesota could touch 40 degrees Monday afternoon.

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be around 30 degrees on Tuesday, followed by lower 40s Wednesday then mid to upper 40s Thursday and lower 40s on Friday.

Some spots in southwestern Minnesota could touch 50 degrees Thursday afternoon:

Thursday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Weather nugget

Last December, the warmest temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 39 degrees. MSP airport reported a high temp of 49 degrees yesterday and 51 degrees on Thursday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday

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