Coincidence? Maybe. But the coincidences seem to be piling up...
* Light snow/flurries are in the forecast today, but temperatures will stay above 32 F - meaning most roads should just be wet. Tonight the mercury dips below freezing, and a few icy patches on area highways can't be ruled out.
* High Wind Warning still in effect through the afternoon for winds gusting to 50 mph - not quite as intense as yesterday, but still capable of bringing down tree limbs and powerlines.
* First frost/freeze still likely late Thursday night - Friday morning as temperatures dip into the mid/upper 20s. It should be the 10th latest 32 F. in the Twin Cities in modern-day records.
Twin Cities Data. Shortly before 8 am Tuesday the pressure dropped to 28.61" at MSP, making this the second lowest air pressure ever recorded in the Twin Cities.
Wet & Windy. Nearly 2" of rain fell at St. Cloud, where a 24 hour rainfall record was set (1.42" in 24 hours, breaking the old record of 1.33" in 1941). Just over 1" fell in the Twin Cities (MSP International), but Eau Claire, WI only picked up .33" rain.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Today: High Wind Warning Continues. Blustery and raw with light snow and flurries, a coating of slush can't be ruled out on some lawns and fields. Winds: W/NW 25-50. High: near 40 (wind chill in the mid 20s).
Wednesday night: Windy with flurries - a few roads outside the metro may become slippery. Low: 32
Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun, still windy (but not quite as wild as recent days). Winds: NW 15-30. High: 41
Friday: Frost/freeze early, then plenty of sun, winds ease up considerably. High: 49
Saturday: High pressure nearby: blue sky and relatively light winds. High: near 50
Saturday night: Mostly clear and chilly. Low: 32
Halloween: Any sun gives way to increasing clouds. Probably dry for Trick Or Treating. High: 49 (Trick Or Treat temperatures in the mid 40s).
Monday: Mostly cloudy, a few sprinkles possible. High: 48
Election Day: No major weather headaches expected close to home. Partly sunny, seasonably cool. High: near 52
Todd Frostad. "The Walking, Talking Barometer."