Frigid temperatures to invade AustinPublished 10:28am Friday, November 22, 2013
An Arctic air mass pushed across Minnesota overnight, bringing freezing temperatures to Albert Lea and Austin.
Austinites awoke to snow gracing the ground this morning, though not enough to completely cover it up. Streets were white and slippery. Plows cleared arterial streets before the morning commute.
A hazardous weather outlook was issued for counties overseen by the La Crosse, Wis., bureau of the National Weather Service. That includes Mower County.
Area to the east saw more snow than Austin. An inch of snow fell in Wabasha and 0.8 was reported in Rochester. Decorah, Iowa, reported a half inch of snow. Oelwin, Iowa, reported 2 inches of snow.
The automated weather observer at the Austin airport reports that light snow fell from about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to 2:30 a.m. today.
The National Weather Service says the Arctic air mass is bringing the coldest weather so far this season to the central and eastern United States. It is expected to last through the weekend, dropping temperatures to the single digits and teens.
The low tonight in Austin is forecast at 11 degrees and on Saturday night at 2 degrees, the weather service says. The outdoors will be warmer Monday, as the mercury is expected to reach 35 degrees.