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Travel plans this weekend? If your post-Thanksgiving travels take you south near Kansas City, MO - Des Moines, IA - The Quad Cities, Madison, WI - Milwaukee, WI - Chicago, IL; you will have big weather impacts as a winter storm blows through. The heaviest snow will fall across the region on Sunday and wrap up early Monday. Heavy snow amounts of 4" to 8" will certainly make roads slushy and icy at times, so plan ahead!
By Paul Douglas
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and gusy. Winds: N 15-25. High: 26.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and colder. Winds: NNW 10-15. Low: 15.
MONDAY: Lost of clouds. Dash of wind chill. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 24.
TUESDAY: Numbing breeze. Flurries possible. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 12. High: 24.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Light winds. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 10. High: 27.
THURSDAY: Clouds increase. Flurries late. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 14. High: 30.
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds. Closer to average. Winds: S 7-12. Wake-up: 25. High: 34.
SATURDAY: Warm enough aloft for rain or mix. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 31. High: 39.
This Day in Weather History
1977: Record lows are set across central Minnesota with lows in the teens below zero. Montevideo had the coldest temperature of 18 degrees below zero along with Long Prairie at 16 degrees below zero.
1820: Ft. Snelling is in the middle of a three-day blizzard that would dump nine inches of snow.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 36F (Record: 62F set in 1914)
Average Low: 21F (Record: -18F set in 1880)
Record Rainfall: 0.97" set in 1896
Record Snowfall: 5.3" set in 1952
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 12 minutes
Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~1 minute & 53 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 21st): 6 hours and 11 Minutes
Moon Phase for November 25th at Midnight
3.7 Days Before First Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"On November 25 and 26, 2018 – before going to bed, look for the moon in your eastern sky. It’ll be a bright waning gibbous moon, and you might notice two bright stars in its vicinity. These stars are noticeable for being both bright and close together on the sky’s dome, and that is why – in legends of the sky – they often represent Twins. The stars are Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini. From mid-northern latitudes, they appear over your eastern horizon with the moon by around 8 to 9 p.m. From the Southern Hemisphere, they all ascend in the east a bit later in the evening. If you’re not one for staying up late, you can always get up before dawn to view the moon and Gemini stars in the morning sky. Then they’ll be in the west! The bright moon will make it difficult to see the entire, faint starlit figure of the Twins for the next few nights. But Castor and Pollux are bright! You should be able to pick them out, even when the moon is close."
National Weather Outlook - Saturday, November 24th
Soggy weather will wrap up in the eastern half of the country on Sunday and the good news is that much of the precipitation will stay in the liquid for, however, folks in the higher elevations of the Appalachians and the Northern New England States will see a little icing. The bigger story will be the developing storm system in the Western US. Areas of heavy moisture will slide through the Inter-Mountain West on Saturday and move into the Plains through the rest of the weekend. Post-Thanksgiving travel plans will certainly be impacted as this storm moves east over the next few days.
Rain And Snowfall Potential
Here's the rain and snowfall potential through 7pm Sunday. Note areas of heavy moisture in the Western US eventually transitioning to heavy snowfall potential across the Central part of the country!