A Rough Way To Wake Up. I think I'm going to sleep in 'til the crack of noon - not looking forward to retreiving the newspaper this morning. Ugh. NWS models are predicting a 7am wind chill of -8 in the Twin Cities, -11 at St. Cloud, readings closer to -20 over northern Minnesota. Welcome to January.
A Bitter Thanksgiving. Misery loves company - it helps to know that most of America is shivering through one of the coldest Thanksgiving holidays in 25 years. The high of 15 in the Twin Cities was, in fact, the coldest Thanksgiving "high" (maximum temperature sounds better) since 1985, when the high was a brisk 11 above zero. The good news: the pain will be relatively brief - expect dripping icicles and a badly-needed thaw by Sunday. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.
Temperature Roller Coaster. It's hard to believe, but in a little over 48 hours roads will be wet, temperatures clawing above the freezing mark - 40 is not out of the question Sunday afternoon. A cool-down is likely next week, although not as frigid as Thursday was.
Numb and Number. Thursday's high was a "character-building" 15 in the Twin Cities, but only 10 at St. Cloud and 9 at Alexandria - the wind made it feel like 0 to -10 F. much of the day as winds gusted over 30 mph.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, not quite as bitter. Low: 13