Valley gets taste of fall

The calendar says it is still summer, but St. Croix Valley residents awoke today to a taste of cooler autumn air.

A cold front that moved through Thursday brought with it cool morning lows near 50 and promises a sunny, mild weekend before temperatures warm back up to summer-like 80s next week in time for the start of the Minnesota State Fair Thursday.

Sunshine returned to the Valley today after clouds lingered in the region much of Thursday. Highs are expected to reach the low 70s this afternoon. Clear skies and calm winds tonight will drop lows into the unseasonable upper 40s.

Saturday is expected to be another sunny, mild day with highs reaching the middle 70s with light northwest winds. Saturday night sees a few passing clouds and calm winds with lows dropping to around 50.

Sunday’s forecast is a repeat of Saturday, with mostly sunny skies, light northwest winds and highs back in the mid-70s. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s.

Monday is another sunny, mild day with highs near 76. Monday night will be clear with lows falling to the middle 50s.

Temperatures start warming up to the low 80s Tuesday under sunny skies, with lows falling to the lower 60s Tuesday night.

The next chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Valley is Wednesday through Thursday, with highs both days in the low 80s under sunny to partly cloudy skies. The low Wednesday night is expected to drop to the low 60s with a slight chance of rain.