Brandon Weatherz: Warming up for the weekend

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Our Friday begins chilly with temps ranging from teens by Lake Superior to near zero in far northern Minnesota. This temperature relationship reverses this afternoon as an east wind keeps temps along the shorelines in low to mid-30s. Meanwhile, we’ll rise to upper 30s to mid-40s for areas away from the lake.

The Northland will stay mostly dry today and tonight with precip chances staying closer to a front extending from South Dakota into southern Wisconsin. An early morning round of snow in North Dakota ahead of this feature will dry out as it moves east toward the drier air of high pressure today, but a deck of clouds may survive in our neck of the woods this afternoon. Hayward is on the northern edge of potential for light rain and snow overnight with the better chance staying south.

Saturday will be another “cooler by the lake” day with a breezy east wind. Temps in Canal Park will still be cool around 35 with the airport on the hill reaching near 39. Meanwhile, upper 40s to low 50s will abound for inland communities. As of now, the rest of the forecast will feature a southwest wind with the cooler conditions being limited along the North Shore in Cook County.

This will allow the Twin Ports to also soak up the warmth as a stretch of above average temperatures begins Sunday and lasts through the middle of next week. Considering the snow pack that is still out there, this warm stretch will allow for plenty of snowmelt, enhanced runoff, and localized flooding as creeks and rivers rise. Fortunately, the forecast is still rather dry with only a chance for sprinkles Sunday afternoon and evening.

Today: Partly cloudy. High 34. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 23. E wind 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 39. E wind 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 32. E wind 10-15 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with afternoon sprinkles. High 51. SSW wind 10-15 mph. Chance of rain: 40%

Monday: Mostly sunny. High 55. WSW wind 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, warm and breezy. High 64. SW wind 10-15 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, warm and breezy. High 62. SW wind 10-15 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and breezy with a slight chance for rain. High 56. S wind 10-15 mph.