We sure have been blessed with abundant sunshine lately, and that trend should continue right into the weekend! It will be rather chilly though the next few nights, so be sure to keep the winter coats, gloves, and hats handy.
Lows will reach the upper to mid 10s the next few nights (even colder in parts of the Northwoods where they received a good amount of snow last weekend). High temperatures should rebound to about 41 on Friday and 43 degrees on Saturday. The wind will be light Thursday night, then from the northwest around 5 mph on Friday.
Sunday will turn warmer as gusty south winds push across the region. It should stay partly cloudy with lows near 23 and highs near 50. That is about 15 degrees above normal by the way.
The unseasonably warm weather will hang around for the first half of next week. Monday looks great with partly sunny skies along with lows in the low 30s and highs in the low 50s.
A strong low pressure system will sweep across the Northern Plains Tuesday. It will start to pump moisture into our region Tuesday. There is a small chance of spotty light rain Tuesday. However, the rain should gradually get fairly widespread by Wednesday morning. The current data suggests that we could receive rain amounts in the .25 to .75 inch range through Wednesday evening.
It will remain mild with highs in the mid 50s Tuesday and at least low 50s Wednesday. In addition, it will be fairly breezy. Colder air is projected to move in Wednesday night on the back side of the low pressure area. So, if there is some leftover moisture in our region, it could turn to a few snow showers.
It looks to dry out from next Thursday into the weekend of the 13th. We may string together a bunch of sunny days again. It looks relatively seasonal with highs in the upper 30s. Lows should be in the upper 10s to low 20s.
Have a great evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:15 p.m., 4-March 2021
*On this date in weather history:
1966 - A severe blizzard raged across Minnesota and North Dakota. The blizzard lasted four days producing up to 35 inches of snow, and wind gusting to 100 mph produced snow drifts 30 to 40 feet high. Bismarck ND reported zero visibility for 11 hours. Traffic was paralyzed for three days. (2nd-5th) (The Weather Channel)
1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Lower Mississippi Valley. A strong (F-3) tornado injured five persons near Brownsville, MS and killed seven cows and two hogs in one pasture. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 90 mph at Canton, MS. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)