Warmth with winds for Tuesday; Back to reality later in the week
A warm front will blow unseasonably warm air across Minnesota on Tuesday. Whistling southerly winds, gusting over 30 mph at times, will blow warm air from the Central Plains all the way north into Canada.
The windiest part of the state will be the Buffalo Ridge region of southwestern Minnesota, including Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Cottonwood counties, where a wind warning has been posted until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Wind speeds in that area can reach 50 mph at times.
Afternoon high temperatures will reach the 60s for roughly the southern half of Minnesota. Northern parts of the state will also be in the game with highs in the 50s. Cities like Grand Rapids, Ely, and International Falls should see the mid-50s.
The Twin Cities should reach around 65 with southerly winds increasing to 20-30 mph. Some gusts could reach 40 mph by midday.
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Wednesday is quiet. Cold front Thursday
Wednesday will be a little less warm, but with very little wind, it will be a good day to ride a bike or rake leaves.
A cold front with gusty winds will come in from the northwest with more seasonable temperatures starting Thursday. Temperatures will drop back down behind the front later that day.
Light rain or snow is possible along the northern edge of Minnesota. But the rest of the state and all of Wisconsin should have a dry day.
seasonal friday; Enjoyable weekend
This cold front will end the October-like weather spell. Friday will be the coolest day of the week with temperatures near normal.
The weekend looks dry with a slight rebound in temperature and should be suitable for outdoor activities. Afternoon highs will likely be in the upper 30s in the Northeast, 40s across most of the state, and some low to mid 50s in the Southwest.
Colder and a bit unsettled next week
Forecast models do not yet predict any major storms in Minnesota or western Wisconsin early next week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. But weak disturbances may be accompanied by a little snow or rain at times.
What is more certain is that temperatures will drop next week, and may be colder than usual on some days. Here is the eight- to 14-day temperature forecast for November 21-27. This is from next Tuesday until the Monday after Thanksgiving.