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Area to be cold, windswept for coming days

Published 11:55am Thursday, October 4, 2012

Here comes the cold — for the next few days, at least.

A cold front along with high winds is forecasted to chill the area for the next several days, causing daytime high temperatures to only reach 55 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis. The high may only reach 45 degrees by Saturday, as well.

Though the days are cruising into October, NWS meteorologist Zack Taylor said those temperatures are below average for this time of year.

“We’re definitely going to go below normal for the next several days,” he said.

Normal temperatures for early October are in the 60s, Taylor added. Furthermore, the cold front moving across northern Minnesota is followed by some high winds. Brisk wind gusts in Mower County could surpass 30 mph on Thursday and reach near 30 mph on Friday, too. Along with that wind, the climate remains very dry; however, NWS has no red flag fire warnings.

The only saving grace may be gradual warming next week. Taylor said temperatures, forecasted for 62 on Monday, could remain close to normal for next week. Winds are also forecasted to die down.

It could be worse, though.

Near Duluth, Minn., NWS forecasters are predicting 4-6 inches of snow, issuing a winter weather advisory. In northwestern Minnesota — where firefighters are battling wildfires that have consumed 56 square miles of woods and grassland and destroyed 11 homes — rain turned to snow Wednesday night, and the NWS predicts 10 inches or more of the white stuff by late tonight.

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