Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Residents of southeastern Minnesota are experiencing a dramatic change in weather.

The National Weather Service says this afternoon’s record-breaking warmth is clashing with a strong cold front that will produce rain, snow, and gusty winds while the temperature falls to around the 20-degrees by tomorrow morning. A wind advisory went into effect at 3 PM and will remain in effect until about 4 o’clock Tuesday morning.

The arrival of old man winter ends a balmy streak of weather that peaked this afternoon when the unofficial high temperature at the Rochester airport reached 64-degrees. That beat the previous record high for December 4th by 7-degrees and set a new record for the warmest temperature on record in Rochester during the month of December. The previous record, 63-degrees, was set on December 17, 1939.

Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
Minnesota Dept. of Transportatione

The cold front responsible for the weather change in this region is also responsible for a nasty winter storm in northern Minnesota. Blizzard warnings are in effect across the far northwestern corner of the state, while most of the rest of the northern half of Minnesota is under a winter storm warning.

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