* Slight chance of a shower north of St. Cloud and Mille Lacs this afternoon - today should be the mildest day in sight.
* Cooling trend into Saturday - dig out the light jackets & sweatshirts for the end of the week.
* Saturday: coolest day in sight, slight chance of frost late Saturday night over central and northern Minnesota.
* Sunday: a few degrees warmer - blue sky, a light south/southwest breeze at 10-15 mph.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Today: Partly sunny, breezy and mild. A few PM showers possible, mainly over northern and central MN. Winds: SW/NW 10-20. High: 73
Wednesday night: Clearing and cool. Low: 53
Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun, a few degrees cooler. High: 62
Friday: Clouds increase - slight chance of a PM shower or sprinkle. High: near 60
Saturday: Blue sky, coolest day in sight (light winds). High: 58
Sunday: Still sunny, a bit milder (probably the nicer day of the weekend). High: 61
Monday: Sunshine lingers - feeling even better out there. High: 67
Tuesday: Sunny start, clouds increase late. High: 68
Wednesday: Cloudy with a good chance of showers. High: 64
Yes, it finally feels like fall out there. No dew point-babble, no dueling Dopplers on TV, no "watches" or "warnings" to muddle through or swatting of the NOAA Weather Radio up in my study (which must have gone off 2 dozen times in the middle of the night during the summer months). Yesterday's raw north breeze pumped in low-level moisture all the way from the Lake Superior area, keeping a stale slab of stratocumulus clouds hovering overhead much of the morning and midday - skies finally cleared from west to east and we were able to salvage a fine Tuesday evening.
Today will be the warmest day in sight - a good chance of low to mid 70s by mid afternoon as winds increase from the south ahead of an Alberta Clipper, clouds increasing as the afternoon goes on. This clipper may spark a few showers over northern and even central Minnesota during the afternoon and evening hours - maybe a half hour of rain from St. Cloud on north. That's the only rain in sight for the next week or so - there's a slight chance of a shower late Friday as a reinforcing cool front dives south of the border - the next chance of (widespread) showers will come next Tuesday night and Wednesday, but until then it's relatively smooth sailing in the weather department.
Mea culpa: the predicted weekend temperatures are definitely cooler than we were predicting a few days ago (when it looked like we might eek out a 70-degree high by Sunday). Each computer run has trended progressively cooler and cooler, we'll be lucky to see 50s (for highs) on Saturday under a mostly-blue sky, after a frosty start central and northern counties we should inch up to 60 or so Sunday afternoon. A southwest breeze kicks up early next week with highs mellowing into the 60s to near 70 by Tuesday and Wednesday, not bad at all for the first week of October.