Sunshine and above average temperatures in store for this weekend’s gun deer season opener

Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2023 at 7:00 AM CST
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Good luck to all the hunters that will be heading out for opening day of the gun deer season today! Weather-wise, it’s shaping up to be quite nice out with blue skies and plenty of sunshine as high pressure moves south of the state. Winds will generally be light at 5-10 mph from the west-southwest, but that will help push temperatures into the low and mid-50s this afternoon. Tonight will stay dry with a clear sky and overnight lows bottoming out in the mid to upper 20s. With dew points expected to be near our air temperatures, some patchy fog may develop early tomorrow morning.

High pressure leads to plenty of sunshine as we kick off the weekend
High pressure leads to plenty of sunshine as we kick off the weekend(WEAU)

Tomorrow will essentially be a carbon copy of how we start the weekend as high pressure keeps its grip over the region. Sunny skies will prevail, but a few clouds may start to work in by later in the day with a low pressure system starting to come together and strengthen well to our south. Temperatures will reach back above normal in the 50s. Clouds will continue to increase at night with a mainly cloudy sky in store Monday as the deepening low moves into the Lower Mississippi Valley, while a cold front builds out of the Dakotas and into the Upper Midwest. We’ll kick off Thanksgiving week in the mid-50s before the front moves through Monday night, bringing the chance for some snow showers through the first half of Tuesday with blustery winds developing from the west and northwest. As a result, we’ll likely see our high early in the upper 30s, then gradually fall from there with cloud cover sticking around. By Wednesday, a large upper-level low will become cut off from the mean flow and spin near or over the Great Lakes Region. Unseasonably cold air will work down from Canada, making for cold turkey as we head into Thanksgiving with highs in the upper 20s and low 30s. Meanwhile, overnight lows will dip into the mid and upper teens. The good news out of all this is the weather looks to stay dry with more clouds than sun for those of you traveling over the holiday. Winds do look to be a factor, however, turning breezy to strong at times through much of the week with wind chills likely making it feel colder out.