We’re having another cold one; milder this weekend

The temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport dropped to 12 degrees just before midnight on Thursday, which tied our Twin Cities record low for November 9.

It was the first record low temp tied or broken in the Twin Cities in over three years:

Temps were much colder in northern Minnesota, with new November 9 record lows being set at Duluth (zero degrees), Hibbing ( 9 below zero) and International Falls (13 below zero).

Temperature trends

Our average Twin Cities high temp is 45 degrees this time of year.

Wouldn’t that feel nice?

This Friday will be chilly, with highs mostly in the 20s across Minnesota.

Some spots in the far north might top out in the upper teens.

Milder air returns on Saturday, with highs in the lower 40s in southern Minnesota and 30s central and north:

Highs Sunday will be mostly in the 30s, with some upper 20s northwest:

Some spots in the Twin Cities metro area could touch 40 degrees.

Twin Cities highs are expected to be in the 40s most of next week, with lower 50s possible on Tuesday.

Snow chances

Northwestern and north-central Minnesota could see some snow showers Friday afternoon, with periods of snow likely Friday evening into the overnight hours.

Snow might hold off until evening in much of northeastern Minnesota, with periods of snow likely overnight into Saturday.

Central Minnesota will see snow chances increase Friday evening, with periods of snow possible overnight and a lingering snow chance Saturday morning.

The Twin Cities metro area and southern Minnesota could see periods of light snow from Friday evening into early Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from noon Friday through Saturday afternoon, via tropicaltidbits

Parts of southeastern Minnesota could see rain showers or a rain/snow mix Saturday afternoon.

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the strength of the signal that returns to the radar, not to the amount of snow or rain.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some one to two inch snow accumulations in parts of northern Minnesota and near Hinckley and Cambridge by Saturday morning.

Check for forecast updates later today.

Edmund Fitzgerald anniversary

The freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Great Lakes storm on November 10, 1975.

As immortalized in Gorden Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, 29 lives were lost when the ship went down.

A ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will take place at Split Rock Lighthouse, which is between Two Harbors and Silver Bay, this Friday afternoon:

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.

There’s an interesting website devoted to facts about the Edmund Fitzgerald disaster.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.