Temperatures dropped into the single digits early Monday morning with brisk northwest winds driving wind chill readings below zero in northern Minnesota.
A band for light snow over far southern Minnesota at daybreak left as much as two and a half inches on the ground in favored locations.
The visible satellite image from 3 p.m. CST showed clouds continuing to thin out during the afternoon hours. Clearing skies and diminishing winds should allow for radiational cooling overnight. Sub-zero temperatures are most likely over the snow cover in far northern Minnesota.
Temperatures didn’t move much today. Highs topped out near 20 in the far north to lower 30s in the far south.
Plotted stations reports from 3 p.m. CST. Click on image to enlarge.
If you’re looking for details on the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940, the LaCrosse, Wis., office of the National Weather Service has a nice comprehensive report. It’s highly suggested reading for anyone who wants to gauge the the intensity of the historical storm.
The cold air eases and temperatures will moderate some on Wednesday. Afternoon highs should be close to normal on Thursday.
Saturday could bring readings favorable for the completion of some late autumn chores.