Northland Outdoors Forecast: Cold and stable weather this weekend
A cold air mass of higher pressure will drive southward out of southern Canada bringing quiet, but quite cold weather to the region behind the winter storm.
The breeze will stick around on the back side of the low pressure system that brought rain/snow/freezing rain Thursday into Thursday night. A few lingering snow showers can't be ruled out for northern Minnesota, but don't expect much in terms of accumulating snow. Friday will just be a cold and breezy day for most.
That cold northwest wind will be around the eastern Dakotas and across Minnesota through Wisconsin Friday. This wind will make it feel quite cold all day and will be a huge swing for southern Minnesota after experiencing mid-60s Wednesday and Thursday.
This is what it may feel like for the region as we close out the work week. This is only the beginning of a cold trend that starts Friday and may last through all of next week.
High pressure will continue to build into the region pouring in the bitter cold air. Wind chills Saturday morning look to be subzero for all of North Dakota and across parts of South Dakota. Minnesota will wake up feeling like single digits to some lower teens.
Winds will be light nearly all day for the Dakotas on Saturday which is good news with such cold air arriving in the region. I'm still seeing a lingering northwest breeze for southern Minnesota and through Wisconsin keeping it feeling quite bitter. If you'd like to see more of the wind trend for the region over this weekend I've included it in the video above.
Highs will stay in teens for North Dakota and 20s to 30s for others on Saturday. There will be variable cloud cover depending on where you are located or heading this weekend. You may need a buddy heater for sitting in the deer stand this weekend. Plan on a chilly opener for West River in South Dakota and a very cold one for the second weekend of ND and Minnesota's deer gun season.
With this cold air sitting over the region I'm seeing a chance of a few flurries Saturday and even a chance of a few snow showers in North Dakota and far northern Minnesota Sunday. Snow amounts will be minimal if anything. Often these cold air masses will squeeze out what little moisture is available which will come down as flurries or a dusting of snow.
Sunday is looking to be similar to Saturday's forecast. Cloudy to mostly cloudy and cold. Winds will generally be light to finish this weekend. I've seen a lot of hype for the ice fishing season and with this weekend's forecast and the cold outlook for all of next week it won't be long.