Cold week ahead in area
Monday might feel downright balmy compared to the rest of the week.
The forecast from the National Weather Service in Duluth predicts high temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees Monday, with snow likely in the morning and scattered snow showers in the afternoon but with little accumulation.
Starting Monday night, low temperatures well below zero and high temperatures in the single digits look to grip the area through next weekend.
"We have a high pressure settling in so it'll be pretty chilly at night," said Greg Frosig, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth. Frosig said past computer models actually called for colder temperatures this week.
The average high temperature in Brainerd for the week of Jan. 16-22 is 18 degrees. The average low temperature during that time is 8 degrees below zero.
Monday night, the clouds will decrease and the temperature will drop to 4 degrees below zero to 9 degrees below zero, with wind-chill readings 15 degrees below zero to 25 degrees below zero.
On Tuesday, high temperatures of 2 to 7 degrees are expected. However, 5 to 10 mph winds could result in wind-chill readings of 20 degrees below zero to 30 degrees below zero.
Wednesday through Thursday night, highs of 1 to 6 degrees are expected with low temps of 8 degrees below zero to 13 degrees below zero. On Friday, highs temps are expected to be 4 to 9 degrees and low temps of 4 degrees below zero to 9 degrees below zero are possible Friday night.
For Saturday's Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, high temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees are expected. Lows Saturday night are forecast to be 3 degrees below zero to 8 degrees below zero.
MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@ brainerddispatch.com or 855-5857.