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The storm system responsible for areas of heavy snow across southern MN will wrap up early Sunday. Much colder air will settle in behind the storm as we head into the first full week of December.
SUNDAY: 2" to 5" totals. Flurries. Winds: N 15-25. High: 32.
SUNDAY NIGHT: A few flakes early, otherwise mostly cloudy. Winds: N 10-15. Low: 20.
MONDAY: More clouds than sun. Better travel. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 28.
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds. Still quiet out there. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 15. High: 29.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny peeks. Happy commuters. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 17. High: 31.
THURSDAY: Weak clipper. Few flakes. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 14. High: 23.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and brisk. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 7. High: 27.
SATURDAY: A few clouds. Storm-free. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 12. High: 29.
This Day in Weather History
1985: Record low highs are set in north and east central Minnesota with temperatures ranging from the single digits below zero to the singles digits above. Alexandria was the cold spot with a high of 4 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Other record low high temperatures included Redwood Falls with 3 below, Long Prairie with zero, and Litchfield and Little Falls with 5 degrees above zero.
1982: A record high of 63 degrees is set at the Twin Cities.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 32F (Record: 63F set in 1982)
Average Low: 17F (Record: -17F set in 1886)
Record Rainfall: 0.30" set in 1933
Record Snowfall: 2.7" set in 1978
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 1 minute
Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~1 minute & 28 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 21st): 6 hours and 22 Minutes
Moon Phase for December 2nd at Midnight
3.3 Days After Last 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:
"In the coming mornings – December 2, 3 and 4, 2018 – look eastward before sunrise for the moon and Venus. If your sky is clear, you can’t miss them! They’re always the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, to light up the night sky. Plus – around now – Venus is at its maximum brightness for this morning apparition, with its greatest illuminated extent falling around December 2. The moon and Venus are so bright and beautiful that you’ll easily spot them at morning dawn. And, if you’re willing to get up an hour or two before sunrise, you can also see the bright star Arcturus to the north (left) of the moon and Venus, and the star Spica close to Venus. If you peered at Venus through a telescope now, you’d find it in a waxing crescent phase. That’s because Venus passed between us and the sun on October 26, and its lighted half – or day side – is still facing mostly away from us. In early December 2018, meanwhile, the moon is waning, and the phase of the waning crescent moon and waxing crescent Venus are almost identical. Both worlds are now showing us disks that are about one-quarter (25%) illuminated by sunshine. If you have a telescope, remember … you’ll get a crisper view of Venus’ phase at dawn, when this brilliant world has climbed higher above your horizon and its glare has been reduced by the breaking day."
National Weather Outlook
A strong storm system will continue to wrap up over the Great Lakes region on Sunday with areas of heavy snow tapering by Monday. Meanwhile, areas of heavy rain and storms will continue across the southeastern part of the country, some of which could be strong to severe. In fact, NOAA's SPC has issued a slight risk of severe weather fromt the eastern part of the Carolinas to Georgia.
Rain And Snowfall Potential
Here's the rain and snowfall potential through 7pm Monday, which shows areas of heavy snow wrapping up across the Midwest, while areas of heavy rain will continue across the Southeastern US.