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Bright and mild again today, but colder days are ahead; snow is likely Friday

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 1:43 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Accumulating snow is likely Friday

We’re enjoying yet another bright and mild day across the area, but a cold front has just pushed through the Upper Mississippi Valley and cooler air is already pouring in from the northwest. Expect sunshine with high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s today. That’s just a few degrees colder than Wednesday’s high of 42 degrees but still warmer than 22 degrees that is today’s seasonal average. A brisk northwest breeze will reach 15 miles per hour giving us wind chill indices in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

Mild sunshine will help temps reach the upper 30s today.
Mild sunshine will help temps reach the upper 30s today.(KTTC)

Clouds will thicken tonight as a large storm system moves toward the region from the northwest. Overnight temperatures will be in the upper teens with light northeast winds.

Temps over the next day will be a bit colder than in recent days.
Temps over the next day will be a bit colder than in recent days.(KTTC)

Light snow will develop around sunrise on Friday with snowfall rates picking up a bit in the midday and early afternoon. Snowfall will continue until the late evening when the storm system pushes southward into southwestern Iowa. At this point, it looks like Rochester will measure an inch or two of snowfall while areas to the west, especially along and west of Interstate 35, including Albert Lea and Mason City will end up with up to six inches of snow, and areas to the east closer to the Mississippi River will see an inch or less. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the lower 20s with a gusty east breeze that will reach 25 miles per hour, keeping wind chill values in the single digits for the most part.

Snow fall totals will be light around Rochester with heavier amounts to the west.
Snow fall totals will be light around Rochester with heavier amounts to the west.(KTTC)

High pressure will bring bright, seasonably cold sunshine for Saturday with high temperatures in the mid-teens and a light northeast wind.

Sunday is looking slightly breezier with occasional sunshine and clouds and high temperatures will be in the mid-20s.

Temps over the next week will be a bit colder than earlier this week.
Temps over the next week will be a bit colder than earlier this week.(KTTC)

Temperatures over the next week will slowly drop off from the seasonably chilly mid-20s Monday and Tuesday to the teens and then single digits from Wednesday through Friday as Arctic air slowly pours into the region once again. There will be a slight chance of light snow Tuesday with plenty of sunshine for the days that follow.

Temps over the next ten days will gradually drop off as Arctic air late in the next week...
Temps over the next ten days will gradually drop off as Arctic air late in the next week returns to the region.(KTTC)

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