Warm Weather Coming to a Screeching Halt

Warm Weather Coming to a Screeching Halt Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Temperatures in central Minnesota are set to plummet as a cold front comes sweeping across the state. Today may be the last 70 degree reading we see this year.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chanhassen says the cold front will trigger thunderstorms in southern Minnesota, and then a powerful storm system will hit starting Thursday night.

More thunderstorms are possible and on the back side, a few inches of snow are possible Friday night into Saturday across west central Minnesota.

Winds will also pick up with gusts over 40 miles an hour possible Friday and Saturday.

The St. Cloud area is in line to get less than an inch of snow with this storm, but there is a winter storm watch posted for several counties in western and northwestern Minnesota for heavy snow, along with high winds creating blowing and drifting snow.

Highs across central Minnesota are only expected to be in the upper 30s and lower 40s by the weekend.