Shoppers will be tested for cold weather endurance today, particularly those rushing to the door busters. Temperatures this morning were in the teens over a large part of the state with wind chill readings in the single digits.
After a record high of 60 degrees shortly after midnight on Thursday, the temperature at the Twin Cities International Airport had fallen to 19 F, with winds gusting to 30 mph. Toss in some overnight snowfall and the day has all the makings of a start to winter.
Snowfall accumulated as much as 3 inches in Ramsey in Anoka County, north of Minneapolis. Many locations in the metro measured an inch or less of fresh snow.
In the Northland, 4 inches of snow fell near Payne and Virginia. The big winner for snowfall the past 24 hours was 5 miles south of Herbster, WI in Bayfield County with 12 inches.
Snowfall reports can be seen by clicking here.
Much of the upper Midwest will be cold today and into Saturday. Strong northwest winds will ease slowly throughout the day from west to east. Cold air blowing over the relatively warm water of Lake Superior will induce locally heavy snowfall downwind.
Friday’s maximum temperatures will climb only about 5 to 10 degrees from overnight lows.
NAM forecast valid at 6 p.m. CST of wind, relaxing pressure gradient and temperatures.
Source: NOAA/College of Dupage
Saturday morning is expected to bring some of the coldest temperatures of the season with lows dropping into the single digits and perhaps sub zero over the fresh snow cover in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
Saturday’s forecast temperatures valid at 3 p.m. CST.
Winds will pick up some from the southeast during the afternoon. Dress properly if venturing out for more shopping and perhaps taking in the Gopher football game.