Cold, breezy days ahead; flurries possible overnight

Gazette photo by David Fabio
Two people paddle a canoe on Long Lake during a recent mild day in the St. Croix Valley. A strong cold front that swept through the area Thursday brought two windy, cold days to the region, along with the possibility of snow flurries early Saturday morning.

We knew it would eventually come.

Not only will cold, blustery conditions continue today and Saturday, there is a chance of snow flurries early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen.

Colder air settled in the St. Croix Valley today following a strong cold front that moved through Minnesota Thursday and brought snow to the northwestern part of the state.

By midday, temperatures struggled to reach the 40s in the Valley as west to northwest winds at  20 mph with gusts reaching 30 mph blow through the region. Skies were mostly cloudy with highs expected in the upper 40s by this afternoon.

Clouds linger tonight with a low around 30 and flurries possible after 4 a.m. Saturday. Those flurries are forecast to linger until 10 a.m. Saturday before skies gradually clear by the afternoon. Highs, however, will remain in the chilly upper 40s with north to northwest winds 8 to 15 mph.

Saturday night will see winds finally diminish under clear skies. But it will be cold with temperatures falling into the upper 20s.

Sunday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer with highs in the middle 50s and west to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night will be partly cloudy and not as cold with lows falling to the middle 30s

Columbus Day Monday will be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the low 60s. There is a slight chance of showers Monday night with lows dropping into the low 40s.

Tuesday through Thursday will see sunny, cool days and fair, cold nights. Highs will range in the 50s all three days, with lows at or near freezing.