From balmy summer to blustery cold — courtesy of nasty winds. The National Weather Service reports uncharacteristic high winds on Thanksgiving Day over the lower two-thirds of the state. Olivia and Ellendale had the stiffest gusts, in excess of 50-miles-an-hour. Meanwhile, temperatures plummeted 25 to 35-degrees from morning through afternoon on Thursday across much of Minnesota. Many communities saw record high temps the day before. In New Ulm on Wednesday the temperature reached 69-degrees, breaking the old record of 68 set in 2001. To the north, Duluth tied its record high temperature when it reached 52-degrees there on Wednesday.
For many Minnesotans, the Thanksgiving holiday marked the first significant snowfall of the season. Around 6-inches of new snow fell on the Iron Range near Virginia, with lesser amounts scattered across the state. Some parts of the Twin Cities metro area received upwards of 3-inches on Thursday, while locations along the southern edge of Lake Superior got blasted with 8-inches in recent hours. In the KNUJ listening area snowfall totals ranged from just a few flakes to a dusting.