Brisk Saturday, pleasant Sunday in store for weekend weather

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If the burnt orange and pear-yellow leaves haven't made it clear yet, it's fall in Minnesota. And the weather this weekend will pretty much feel like typical Minnesota autumn, with temperatures ranging from a bit of brisk air, to pleasant and comfortable.

Look for clouds to decrease throughout the day Saturday as temperatures remain slightly below average. The forecast is calling for highs to reach the lower 50s in the Twin Cities with only upper 40s in northern Minnesota. Winds won't be nearly as strong as Friday, mainly north/northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

After a chilly start in the 30s Sunday morning, temperatures should rebound nicely into the middle 60s. In a few locations in southwest Minnesota we may, once again, be flirting with 70 degrees Sunday afternoon. You'll see southwest winds at 10-15 mph.

Those temps are "a bit on the cool side," according to the Star Tribune's Paul Douglas – but based on weather models, he says Saturday could be the chilliest day of the next couple weeks.

Our weather remains quiet and mild next week. No major "kinks" in the jet stream surge down large masses of Canadian air. It remains rather flat or "zonal," meaning our air next week will come off of the Pacific Ocean – which usually translates into nice Minnesota weather.

Expect highs well into the upper 50s and lower 60s with only a slight chance of rain midweek.

Paul Huttner with MPR is looking even farther ahead – he says the recent string of warmer-weather runs hints at a pretty chilly Halloween, which he expects could mean highs in the upper 30s, with lows creeping into the mid 20s.

And if you really want to plan ahead, take this prediction: The NOAA says another abnormally frigid, snowy winter is unlikely this year.

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