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Mark Anthony, KSAX Chief Meteorologist

Warm weekend in store

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The area experienced a blend of clouds and some sunshine on Wednesday. The winds finally backed-down on Wednesday as well after very wind conditions on Monday and Tuesday. Park Rapids had a peak wind gust of 40 mph on Tuesday, but parts of the state had winds in excess of 50 mph. Morris has a peak wind gust on Monday of 51 mph. A northly flow helped to usher-in some cooler air. Morris only had a high of 48 degrees on Wednesday. This is slightly above average, but after all of the record heat that we have enjoyed that seemed chilly to most of us.

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By Wednesday night, we had a mostly clear to partly cloudy sky with lows in the 30s common. A few upper 20s were found across parts of northern Minnesota. The winds were light and that caused a great deal of radiational cooling. As a result, we had some frost around the state by Thursday morning.

For Thursday, the clouds were on the increase as our next weather disturbance pushed through the state. Some showers and thunderstorms developed as an area of low pressure and a frontal boundary system pushed through the state. Highs on Thursday reached the 50s and 60s across the state. The winds also pick-up a bit once again gusting to near 25 mph. Most of west central Minnesota reported anywhere from .10" on up to .25" of rain.

The good news is that some drier air settled-in for Friday and the weekend. We could be near 80 degrees on Sunday across parts of southern and western Minnesota. Most of northern Minnesota will enjoy the 70s for highs on Sunday.

Colder air and rain mixed with some light snow is possible, once again by Monday night into Tuesday. Most of you will be happy to know that the chance of snow will be across far northern Minnesota and not for us!

Weather history: On this date in 2003 Morris had a record high of 77 degrees!

Weather facts: Waterspout--Is a small, weak tornado, which is not formed by a storm-scale rotation. It is generally weaker than a supercell tornado and is not associated with a wall cloud or mesocyclone. It may be observed beneath cumulonimbus or towering cumulus clouds and is the water equivalent of a landspout.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low...48...High 73

Duluth....Low...44...High 72

Morris..Low...45...High 77

Twin Cities...Low...52...High 79

Rochester...Low...488...High 75

Marshall...Low...48...High 76

Saturday: Mostly cloudy early, then partly cloudy and warmer. High 77 Low 50 Winds: SW 10-15 mph

Today's sunrise: 7:02 am

Today's sunset: 7:50 pm

Normal High: 43

Normal Low: 24

High pressure will return to the region for the weekend, but rain chances return by Monday.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 73 Low 50 Winds: SE 10-20 mph

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. High 55 Low 37 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. .10"-.50"

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated t-storms--snow possible to the north. High 49 Low 36 Winds: SW/W 10-15 mph Prec. .10"-.30"

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