Wednesday's Area Weather: Thanksgiving looking good
It was an interesting weekend across the state. We had record high minimum temperatures in many locations of the state on Sunday morning. In Minneapolis the low was a very mild 44 degrees as temperatures actually rose overnight. St. Cloud had a mild low of 35 degrees. The normal daytime high this time of the year is in the low to mid 30s!
I know everyone is wondering how the Thanksgiving Day Holiday is looking. A trough of low pressure will arrive on Wednesday. That system should move out of the region by late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The travel period should be just fine for Thursday and Friday. Saturday at this stage looks dry as well.
Another disturbance will arrive Sunday into Monday and could bring the chance of rain and/or snow. Temperatures will be near average for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend!
Be sure to have fun with family and friends, but be safe on the highways. AAA predicts that about 33.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving Weekend. That is up 2.1 percent from last year.
In 1993, the Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1993 took place. Central, Sestern and south-central Minnesota were all affected by a slow-moving storm system that traveled across the Upper Midwest during the Thanksgiving Holiday. It caused heavy snow across most of Minnesota. Travel became extremely difficult, if not impossible, over west central Minnesota, where over a foot of snow fell. A number of car accidents were reported and several community events were canceled. Snowfall in excess of six inches or greater occurred north of a line from Faribault County to the Twin Cities. Ten years earlier in 1983, up to 20 inches of snow fell on this date across northern Minnesota!
The city with the dirtiest air quality is Los Angeles while Cheyenne, Wy., has the cleanest!
MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead...Low 27...High 36
Duluth...Low 33... High 38
Morris...Low 30...High 35
Twin Cities...Low 36...High 40
Rochester...Low 35...High 39
Mostly cloudy and breezy, chance of rain/snow. High 35 Low 25 Winds: NW 15-25 mph Prec. Trace-.10"
Wednesday's sunrise: 7:36 am Today's sunset: 4:41 p.m.
Normal High: 30 Normal Low: 16
A trough will slide through the area and could bring some rain changing to snow to the region.
Thursday: Clearing sky, chance of light rain/snow in the morning. High 32 Low 22 Winds: NE 5-15 mph Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 37 Low 19 Winds: S 5-15 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 33 Low 19 Winds: SW /NW 5-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday: Mix of clouds and some sun, 30% chance of light rain/snow. High 33 Low 19 Winds: W/NW 15-25 mph Prec. Trace-.10".