All this rain is putting us in the running for one of the wettest Novembers on record.
The record precipitation for November in the Twin Cities is 5.29 inches, which was set in 1991, the National Weather Service's website notes. But that month also saw the most snow ever recorded during the month of November, with 46.9 inches, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.
With the 2.11 inches of precipitation recorded in Minneapolis through Sunday, the Twin Cities came in at No. 28 on the list of wettest Novembers, Douglas notes, and with 1-2 inches of rain expected by Wednesday night, November 2015 may break into the top 15.
This month is also on track to break the record for the warmest November in state history, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley wrote on his WeatherTalk blog. Temperatures across the state have been 9-12 degrees warmer than normal.
Seeley also noted that heavy rains in mid-November is "somewhat unusual," so many areas set records with the recent rainfall.
Rain, cold, then another warm-up coming
A "very strong and slow moving" low-pressure system that's brought thunderstorms and warm temperatures to much of Minnesota this week will move north Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.
Periodic showers, drizzles and isolated thunderstorms can be expected throughout the day as the system moves slowly out of the state.
But a cold front is right on its heels, pushing in from the west Wednesday. This is expected to bring gusty winds (there's a wind advisory in effect for far western Minnesota) and temperatures are expected to "drop significantly" – wind chills in the 10s and 20s are possible on Thursday.
Highs across the state from Thursday through the weekend are expected to be in the 20s and 30s, with lows dipping to 10 degrees, the weather service notes.
A few rounds of snow are possible in northern Minnesota before the wet weather ends, with the greatest snow accumulation – up to 4 inches – expected north of Highway 2 by Friday, the weather service notes.
Far southern Minnesota – south of Interstate 90 – could also see its first few flakes of the season on Friday.
A warming trend is expected next week, with highs in the low 40s by Monday in the Twin Cities, reports note.