Arctic front blows in Thursday, windy and colder Thursday into the weekendJan 21, 2021 06:54AM ● By Editor
By Paul Huttner of Minnesota Public Radio News - January 21, 2021
Get ready for the downhill run on Minnesota’s weather roller coaster.
Our brief micro-thaw lingers into early Thursday. Temperatures soared nearly 40 degrees from near the zero-mark Wednesday morning, into the 40s in southwest Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.
Temperatures Wednesday afternoon. Oklahoma Mesonet
Hopefully, you got a chance to scrape some ice off your walkway or driveway Wednesday. The deep freeze returns within 24 hours.
An arctic front sweeps through Minnesota Thursday. Gusty northwest winds and falling temperatures will remind us it’s still January in Minnesota.
Temperatures will plunge through the teens Thursday night and bottom-out below zero across much of Minnesota by Friday morning.
Temperatures will hover close to zero in the Twin Cities Saturday morning.
Next week looks seasonably cold with highs in the teens and 20s across Minnesota.
Mild again in late January?
The medium-range forecast maps suggest a return to a milder Pacific airflow in late January.
NOAA’s eight- to 14-day outlook favors warmer than average temperatures across the Upper Midwest.
It’s been tough to get consistently cold air to stick around in Minnesota this winter.
To see the latest weather reports, follow this link to the MPR News website. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/01/20/microthaw-now-arctic-front-blows-in-thursday