Weather to turn wintry on Tuesday

Published 10:21 am Monday, December 15, 2014

Despite an unseasonably warm weekend, Mower County should get back to winter weather this week with temperatures dropping into the 20s overnight Monday.

The National Weather Service is calling for icy conditions with rain, snow and sleet throughout Monday and into Tuesday, while temperatures drop from a high of 46 Monday afternoon to a low of 24 overnight. Tuesday’s high is projected at 26.

Though precipitation is expected to be less than a half of an inch, residents should be careful Tuesday as dropping temperatures make road conditions icy.

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Austin didn’t break any max temperature records over the weekend, as a high of 41 on Saturday and a high of 44 on Sunday didn’t surpass record highs of 51 on Dec. 13 and 53 on Dec. 14.

Though NWS meteorologists are determining whether area temperatures hit record highs in the Mower County area, a record high temperature was set in the Twin Cities on Monday.

Forecasters say a reading of 50 degrees at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Monday broke the old record of 49 degrees for Dec. 15 set back in 1923.

Despite the warm weather, there may still be a chance for a white Christmas. Ten-day weather outlooks are showing a chance of snow showers on Dec. 23.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report