After a more or less windy week, we’re facing more windy weather for the weekend as our weather pattern remains fairly active. A large storm system centered to our north today is spreading clouds and the threat of light rain showers and sprinkles across our local area. It’s also producing some rather windy conditions in the region, something we’ll be dealing with for the entire first half of the weekend. Expect south winds ahead of the system to occasionally reach 30 miles per hour through the day and this evening and then turn to the west behind the system tomorrow. We’ll have more sun tomorrow to counteract the slightly cooler air mass that will pour into the Upper Mississippi Valley in its wake as high temperatures will be in the mid 40s, which is typical of early November. If you’re heading up north for the firearm deer season opener in the state of Minnesota, it’s going to be blustery and raw with a little snow. As much as an inch or two will fall Friday night with occasional snow showers and sprinkles possible throughout the weekend.
After a generally calm and tranquil Sunday in our local area, it’ll be right back into harsh November wind mode for us early next week as an arctic cold front marches through the region. Expect a few flurries and sprinkles Monday along that cold front along with some gusty northwest winds. Tuesday will be the coldest day of the season so far with sunshine, lighter winds, but high temperatures around 15 degrees cooler than normal with upper 20s and lower 30s across the area. More seasonable warmth will return late in the week, but that cold air mass will definitely serve as a reminder that winter is not far off.