Cooler temps ahead, but no snow in the forecast
The Brainerd lakes area was in a hazardous weather outlook covering northeast Minnesota Sunday but had little to show for it beyond a few flakes in Brainerd through much of Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Duluth forecast called for less than an inch in the lakes area Sunday with snow showers possible again Monday. But don’t worry about getting the snowblowers out just yet.
Overall, the lakes area reported a stray dusting but no measurable snowfall. The hazardous outlook covering northeastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin appeared more geared for possible snow showers to the east of Minnesota’s borders.
The weather service reported accumulations were not expected to be significant and a quiet weather pattern is anticipated throughout the week.
Amanda Graning, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said the long-term forecast is favorable for anglers as it looks good for making ice.
“We’re looking at our coldest night so far coming up Monday,” Graning said of Brainerd’s forecast calling for its first sub-zero night of this winter season.
“It will be a fairly chilly week compared to what we’ve been seeing.”
So while the snow shovels are still at rest, it may be time to put on another layer or two. The overnight low on Monday is expected to reach four below.
But it is the only sub-zero temperature forecast for the week. Highs should range between the upper teens and low 20s with partly cloudy or mostly sunny days all week.
Milder temperatures may not be a thing of the past just yet, though, as a high of 31 is in the forecast Sunday.
Those wishing for a white Christmas will have to continue to wait. The weather service says there is no snow in the forecast for the next seven days. Other parts of the state did receive some snow cover Saturday.
A few inches of snow made for a busy Saturday night and Sunday morning for the Minnesota State Patrol, where troopers responded to a few hundred accidents and spin-outs, The Associated Press reported.
Lt. Eric Roeske told WCCO Radio that between 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, there were 189 crashes statewide with 22 involving injuries. The State Patrol also dealt with 193 vehicles that went off the road or spun out.
Those figures include 103 crashes, with 11 involving injuries in the Twin Cities area, where 103 vehicles went off the road or spun out.
The Patrol reported one fatality, a pedestrian struck while crossing state Highway 48 east of Hinckley in Pine County on Saturday night, but it was not weather related. The victim was identified as 63-year-old Michael B. Giguere of Pine City.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.