Windchlll Warning. NOAA has upgraded the watch to a warning, meaning it's imminent. The coldest windchill values come tomorrow morning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 340 AM CST SUN JAN 20 2013 ...LOW WIND CHILLS THIS MORNING...THEN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY... .THE COMBINATION OF BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS AND TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE HAZARDOUS WIND CHILLS AROUND 25 BELOW OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THIS MORNING. EVEN COLDER AIR WILL BUILD INTO THE AREA THIS EVENING...WITH LOW TEMPERATURES DROPPING TO BETWEEN 10 AND 15 BELOW NEAR THE IOWA BORDER...TO 20 TO 25 BELOW ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THESE BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH A NORTHWEST WIND OF 10 TO 15 MPH WILL CREATE WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...AND BETWEEN 25 AND 35 BELOW ACROSS WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. ONLY A SLIGHT MODERATION OF TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED DURING THE DAY MONDAY WITH HIGHS EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 1 BELOW TO 11 BELOW. ANOTHER BITTERLY COLD NIGHT IS ANTICIPATED MONDAY NIGHT WITH LOWS OF 10 BELOW TO 25 BELOW. WINDS WILL BE SLIGHTLY LIGHTER...BUT STRONG ENOUGH TO CREATE WIND CHILLS BETWEEN 25 BELOW AND 35 BELOW INTO TUESDAY MORNING.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.
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Never a dull moment in the weather department, and with a moderate drought it's hard to get too indignant about a soaking rain, especially on a Tuesday. The drought is fizzling as tropical moisture finally reaches Minnesota, a trend which should spill over into much of June. After a raw day yesterday you'll get a chance to whine about the heat and humidity today and tomorrow as the mercury surges past 80F and dew points push into the 60s. Instant summer.
Well, the sun did come out by late afternoon and evening, allowing us to salvage a little of our Memorial Day, especially central and southern Minnesota. Up North it was a total wash-out, but then again the weather Up North was pretty fine Friday and Saturday. We dry out today, a few 80s by Wednesday and Thursday before we dry out and cool down for the weekend. It could be worse - you could be looking for higher ground in Austin, Texas.
Look at the bright side: you won't have to worry about a painful sunburn today - and watering will be optional until further notice. The big news, of course, is that the drought continues to ease as we limp into a much wetter pattern, one that shows no sign of quitting into early June. Details on Memorial Day weather, and why we won't be getting another boat anytime soon, in today's weather blog.
NOAA's NAM model prints out 2.49" rain between now and late Monday night. Naturally. Major holidays attract storms and this Memorial Day should be no exception. I hope you had a chance to spend some time outside yesterday. The weather was so-so in the metro but gorgeous up north. Today and tomorrow: not so much. That said (while gritting my teeth) we do need the rain.
Looks Like a Holiday: Weekend Weather Sours With Time - Heaviest Rains late Sunday into Monday Morning
It's always a good idea to lower your expectations on a holiday, and Memorial Day is no exception. Today won't be all bad - some dim sun through increasing mid and high-level clouds. Showers and T-storms slosh into the state Sunday with the heaviest rain Sunday night into Monday morning. Skies may brighten up a little Monday afternoon, but don't count on it. Personally I'd make the most of today.