By Todd Nelson
From frost to 90s in a few short days? It's possible that by Tuesday, we could see 90s on temperature maps near you! Before that, though, we'll have to endure a fairly raw May day with a raw wind that may be just cold enough to keep those shorts and t-shirts in the closet.
For the Minnesota lakes that are currently ice free (there are still several across northern Minnesota that have not yet lost their ice) it'll be a little wild on the lake with a northwesterly wind at 15-30mph+. There will be a definite walleye chop out there. Those brave souls who venture out early will have to endure wind chills in the 20s and 30s, which will level off in the 30s and 40s through the afternoon/evening. Good news for Mom on Sunday, winds won't be quite as miserable and there will be plenty of sun, but temps will still be a bit on the chilly side.
Like a light switch, a strong warm front blows into town as we start a new work week. Monday, temps quickly settle into the 70s with 80s and possibly 90s not far behind on Tuesday, especially in southern Minnesota! With the warmth comes instability... a few isolated PM showers/storms may be possible next week as well.
SATURDAY: Brief AM shower with intervals of sun, a cool wind. NW 15-30mph+. High: 53.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Still breezy and chilly. Patchy frost develops by morning. Low: 32
MOTHER'S DAY: Bright sun for mom. Less wind. High: 57. Wind: NW 10
MONDAY: Turning warmer, passing PM T-shower across NE MN and NW Wisconsin? Breezy South wind. Wake-up: 39. High: 70
TUESDAY: Summer-like building. 90s in southern MN? Isolated thunder across far northern MN. Wake-up: 58. High: 87
"Ice reportedly is still 2 feet thick on some northern lakes, and though it has deteriorated in many areas, major lakes from Lake Mille Lacs north — including Leech, Upper Red, Cass, Lake of the Woods, Winnibigoshish and Vermilion — still could be mostly ice-covered Saturday.
“There will be substantial ice cover on the northern third of the state,’’ said Henry Drewes, Department of Natural Resources regional fisheries manager in Bemidji. “It will not be gone by Saturday. This is certainly the most significant late-season ice cover I have seen in my 25 years with the DNR.’’
One likely would have to go back to 1950, when late ice-out records were set on many lakes, to see a comparable situation."