Colder and windy Thursday; drought expands in latest drought monitor

Blustery north winds will push temperatures down from the 50s into the 40s across southern Minnesota and keep temperatures in the 30s and 40s in northern Minnesota Thursday. Frost will be widespread outside of the Twin Cities Thursday night. In the latest drought monitor, drought expands.

Temperatures tumble Thursday on north winds

Cold air is blowing in across Minnesota with blustery north winds at 10-25 mph Thursday. Gusts will be 25 to 40 mph. High temperatures will be in the 40s in northern Minnesota and in southern Minnesota the high temperatures are behind us. We’ll see temperatures slowly drop through the 50s into the 40s by evening in the Twin Cities.

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Forecast high temperatures Thursday

NOAA via pivotal weather

Thursday night will see widespread freezing temperatures in northern Minnesota and frost south, but mainly outside of the Twin Cities.

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Forecast low temperatures Thursday night into early Friday

NOAA via pivotal weather

High temperatures Friday will be chilly, only in the 40s to around 50 for some in southern Minnesota but with sunshine and lighter winds.

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Forecast high temperatures Friday

NOAA via pivotal weather

Friday night will bring more widespread freezing temperatures and we could get closer to frost potential in Minneapolis-St. Paul proper where we have yet to see it.

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Forecast low temperatures Friday night into early Saturday

NOAA via pivotal weather

By next week, we’ll see warmer temperatures, near 70 again Tuesday.

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Forecast high temperatures by Tuesday

NOAA via pivotal weather

Latest drought monitor shows extreme drought for the first time this year

The drought expands across Minnesota in the latest US drought monitor. Extreme drought now shows up for the first time this year and includes 4 percent of Minnesota. Severe drought expanded from 4 percent last week to now 11 percent of Minnesota. Drought overall expanded from 22 percent to now 35 percent of Minnesota.

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The drought monitor shows extreme drought for the first time in Minnesota this week

National Drought Mitigation Center

In the Twin Cities, we’re behind -8.28 inches for the year. September was the driest on record with only 0.24 inches of rainfall.

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