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Frigid temps, but good travel conditions for Thanksgiving Day; warmer weather is on the way

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 7:43 AM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Bright, breezy, and very cold for our Thanksgiving

We’re dealing with the coldest weather of the entire season so far for our Thanksgiving Day as a frigid Canadian air mass blows into the region on the heels of the cold front that pushed through our area Wednesday. After a few morning clouds that will harbor some flurries in the area, sunshine will emerge and then hang around for the bulk of our Thursday. Even with tons of sunshine in the region, temperatures will only warm to the mid-20s today and a raw northwest breeze will keep wind chill values in the single digits and teens. Temperatures will be about a dozen degrees colder than the seasonal average.

The full forecast details for Thursday.
The full forecast details for Thursday.(KTTC)
The hourly temperature forecast for Thursday and early Friday.
The hourly temperature forecast for Thursday and early Friday.(KTTC)
The hourly forecast for the rest of our Thanksgiving Day.
The hourly forecast for the rest of our Thanksgiving Day.(KTTC)
The wind chill forecast for the rest of Thursday.
The wind chill forecast for the rest of Thursday.(KTTC)

Temperatures will fall off quickly this evening before leveling off later in the night in the teens as warmer air begins to trickle into the region.

We’ll have occasional sunshine and clouds throughout our Friday with morning temperatures only in the upper teens and then afternoon readings in the mid-30s as south winds kick in, occasionally reaching 15 miles per hour.

The forecast for the upcoming weekend, starting with Friday.
The forecast for the upcoming weekend, starting with Friday.(KTTC)

A storm system will graze the area to the north on Saturday, spreading clouds across the Upper Mississippi Valley and then producing light rain and a few snowflakes for the afternoon and early evening hours. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s with a slight northwest breeze.

Colder air will blow into the region Sunday behind the early weekend storm system with a few breaks of sunshine likely. High temperatures will be in the mid-30s with brisk northwest winds that will keep wind chill values in the 20s.

The forecast for the next 7 days, featuring high and low temps and precipitation chances.
The forecast for the next 7 days, featuring high and low temps and precipitation chances.(KTTC)

Warmer air will build into the region for all of next week with occasional sunshine and cloud cover each day and high temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s. That’s about ten degrees warmer than the seasonal average for early December and hardly typical for the start of meteorological winter!

The high temperature forecast for each of the next 10 days.
The high temperature forecast for each of the next 10 days.(KTTC)

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