Get ready for a heatwave - warmer temperatures arrive today in west central Minn
Get ready for a heatwave as temperatures across west central Minnesota head quickly upward today and are forecast to reach 32 above and higher over the weekend.
The temperature was just below zero at 6:30 a.m. Friday in Willmar and 20 above in Pipestone. By 7:15 a.m., Willmar's temperature had risen to 5 above and Pipestone was at 25 above.
Temperatures highs in the Willmar area are forecast to remain near or above freezing through the end of next week.
The extended forecast for the Willmar area is:
Today: A slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance for flurries before ending. Cloudy, with a high near 29. West wind between 6 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind between 7 and 15 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 14 to 17 mph increasing to between 23 and 26 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy and blustery, with a low around 21.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.