By Todd Nelson
"If you don't like the weather in Minnesota, just wait 24 hours" - Wait, back up. Let's rewind about 48 hours. Yea, that's what I meant.
The 69F record high around 4pm Saturday at the Twin Cities Airport was absurdly disrupted by a powerful cold front that dropped temperatures by 41F at 4pm Sunday. It was as if Mother Nature pulled some sick joke on us; damaging thunderstorms Saturday night to light snow accumulations 12 hours later.
Atmospherically speaking, this is about as strong a cold front as you will EVER find across the Lower 48. Amazingly, temperatures in parts of Wisconsin on Sunday were in the 60s, while temperature in the Dakotas with a fresh 12" to 18" of snow were in the single digits!
We'll still be feeling the effects of that cold front over the next couple of days as temperatures slowly warm from their coldest since early March.
I don't see any major storms in sight, but extended models are hinting at another potential Nor'Easter days before Thanksgiving? Stay tuned for more on that, hopefully it's just a model hiccup.
Meanwhile, those heavy jackets you've pulled out for today may be replaced by lighter ones later this week; 50s possible by Friday? -Todd Nelson
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cold, winds taper. Low: 20.
0500 UNK BURNSVILLE DAKOTA MN 4476 9328 TREES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0503 UNK 1 S BURNSVILLE DAKOTA MN 4475 9328 STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO RESIDENTIAL HOUSE ... SHINGLES OFF. (MPX)
0503 UNK 1 NNW MENDOTA HEIGHTS DAKOTA MN 4490 9315 STRUCTURAL DAMGE TO SENIOR RESIDENTS ... ROOF DAMAGE. FRESH LAID SOD WAS PILED UP NEXT TO BUILDING. TEMPORARY EVACUATION FOR STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT. (MPX)
0506 UNK EAGAN DAKOTA MN 4482 9316 TREES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0506 UNK INVER GROVE HEIGHTS DAKOTA MN 4483 9306 TREES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0512 UNK LILYDALE DAKOTA MN 4492 9313 LILYDALE POOL AND YACHT CLUB ... CANOPY TORN OFF. DECK FURNITURE DAMAGED. MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE INCLUDING A BROKEN ENTRY DOOR. (MPX)
0515 UNK SOUTH ST PAUL DAKOTA MN 4489 9304 TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0515 UNK MOUNDS VIEW RAMSEY MN 4511 9321 TREES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0516 70 ST PAUL RAMSEY MN 4495 9310 (MPX)
0516 UNK ST PAUL RAMSEY MN 4495 9310 NUMEROUS REPORTS OF LARGE TREES DOWN AND DUMPSTERS IN STREET. NEAR ST PAUL AIR PORT. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
0520 UNK MAHTOMEDI WASHINGTON MN 4506 9296 NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AND POWER LINES DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED.