It’s been fun to watch the morning satellite loop, which shows big gaps in the cloud cover in central and southern Minnesota.
At mid-morning, clouds lingered over much of the northern third of Minnesota plus most of western Wisconsin.
Flake chances north
North-central and northeastern Minnesota, plus portions of northwestern Wisconsin, have a chance of patchy light snow showers or flurries this morning.
A low pressure system could spread some light snow showers into northwestern Minnesota late Sunday afternoon. That chance of light snow showers expands over much of the northern third of Minnesota Sunday evening and patchy light snow could linger into early Monday in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 3 p.m. Sunday to noon on Monday:
You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network.
The average Twin Cities high temp is 27 degrees this time of year. Metro area highs are expected to be around 40 degrees Sunday afternoon, with a few spots in the metro topping 40.
Much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see Sunday highs in the 30s, with lower 40s in west-central and southwestern Minnesota:
Parts of far northern Minnesota will see highs in the upper 20s.
Sunday afternoon wind gusts will be generally in 15 to 20 mph range, with the higher gusts in western Minnesota:
A new Updraft will be posted around 10:40 a.m. today. It’ll include a look at the week ahead.
You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
College Basketball Best Bets, Feb. 22: SMU vs FAU, Minnesota vs Ohio State, More!
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his best bets for the College Basketball slate, including Ohio State at Minnesota and FAU hosting SMU.
Ohio State at Minnesota: O/U 138.5
Ohio State earned the home upset over Purdue on Sunday just days after firing head coach Chris Holtmann. Now, OSU who has a 16-game road losing streak, goes to Minnesota to face the 14-3 home Gophers.
The Gophers are shooting 57.3% from two at home (37th) and should see a boost to its 35.8% from deep (134th) against a road Buckeyes defense. OSU is ranked 360th with a 44.9% three-point percentage allowed in seven road games and the 350th defensive turnover percentage (12.2%).
The Buckeyes haven’t won back-to-back games since Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. OSU lost by 6,14, and 8 points following their last three wins and all three games came on the road.
Ohio State could go on a run, but I will say beating Purdue and winning a road game the following contest is asking a lot of the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s season isn’t over by any means, but they have a lot of work to do even with a win here.
Give me Minnesota -3.5 at -105 odds and would go out to -5 for 1 unit. The spread is -3.5 and similair odds everywhere.
Pick: Minnesota -3.5 (1.5u)
Michigan at Northwestern (-11.5): O/U 137.5
Northwestern almost won four straight games, but a three-point loss at Rutgers is the only blemish on its record in that span.
The Wildcats host the Wolverines without their leading scorer Dug McDaniel (16.6 PPG), which has been a problem for Michigan on the road.
Michigan is 2-7 in true road games this season (1-6 in Big Ten) with six straight losses. The Wolverines have one of the worst road three-point defenses in the country (41.6%, 358th) and turn the ball over 18.4% of offensive possessions in conference road games with a 69.4% free-throw percentage (both 3rd-worst).
Michigan scored 29, 25, 35, 25, and 33 points in the last five first halves on the road (29.4 PPG) and play at the 7th-quickest tempo in conference road games. Northwestern is 9th in tempo at home during Big Ten games and 299th overall this season.
Northwestern should have its way and win by double-digits, which is a lean at -11.5 and -12. The Wildcats have won seven straight at home and held most of those teams hovering just above or below 30 points at the half.
I played Michigan’s First Half Team Total Under 29.5 at -125 / -130 odds on DraftKings and would go out to 28.5 for +100 on FanDuel.
Pick: Michigan 1H Team Total Under 29.5 (1u)
SMU at FAU (-6): O/U 153.5
FAU is coming off a road loss at South Florida and come home to face a SMU squad that how was six straight games (8th-longest active streak).
This is the only meeting of the season between the two and both defenses play at the bottom four slowest tempos, opposite of the offenses.
Off a loss, FAU held its opponents to 42 (N), 20 (H), 36 (A), 38 (A), and 36 (A) points in the first half for 34.4 PPG. However, only once in five of those instances did FAU have a home game following a loss. Despite that, FAU hasn’t lost back-to-back games all year.
On the road, SMU is 5-4 in nine games with a 63.5% free-throw percentage (349th) and middle of the ranks for two (50.8%) and three-point (34.9%) percentages in six conference road games. FAU is 10-1 at home and a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
I like the Owls to bounce back and win this game, but the best bet is to focus on SMU to struggle a little on the road to start this game. I played the Mustangs’ First Half Team Total Under 34.5 at +102 odds on FanDuel and would go down to 33.5 for 1 unit.
Pick: SMU 1H Team Total Under 34.5 (1u)
Season Record: 39-31 (55.7%) +3.5 units
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A Minnesota convicted felon was arrested Wednesday in the murder of a Los Angeles-based model who was stuffed inside her refrigerator, her mouth gagged and wrists and ankles bound together.
Maleesa Mooney, 31, sister of Guyanese pop star Jourdin Pauline, was found dead on Sept. 12, 2023 when LAPD conducted a welfare check at her luxury apartment in downtown Los Angeles.
Magnus Daniel Humphrey was picked up by police at his Hopkins, Minn. home on an unrelated warrant and was identified as the “suspect responsible” for Mooney’s brutal slaying.
“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Humphrey,” the LAPD said in a statement. “Humphrey waived extradition and will be transported back to Los Angeles to face charges.”
The murder charge includes a special allegation of murder during the commission of torture, according to FOX 11 LA, citing court records.
Investigators have not revealed the relationship between Humphrey, 41, and Mooney.
He had been on probation for federal narcotic offenses after being released from prison on Feb. 7, according to Justice Department records.
Humphrey has been convicted of several felonies in Minnesota and Illinois, including for gun charges, assaults, sexual assaults, and false imprisonment, according to court records viewed by The Post.
Mooney worked as a real estate agent at Beverly Hills-based agency Nest Seeker and had only moved into her Skye at Bunker Hill unit a month before her death.
Mooney’s sister told local TV station KTLA at the time that her sister was two months pregnant when she died and had always wanted to be a mom.
“I can’t imagine what my sister went through and it pains me to even think about it,” Pauline told the outlet.
The model was last seen alive after surveillance cameras at her apartment complex captured her on Sept. 6, according to the outlet.
The LAPD conducted a welfare check on Mooney around 4 p.m. on Sept. 12, after her parents’ text messages were going unanswered, raising suspicions.
Police found Mooney’s body in the refrigerator and blood on the floor.
A coroner report found Mooney had suffered blunt force injuries to her face/head, back, and upper left arm
“The blunt force traumatic injuries observed at autopsy are generally not considered acutely life-threatening on their own,’ according to the autopsy report.
But the report considered the injuries and suggested Mooney had been in some form of dispute.
“However, based on the circumstances of how Ms. Mooney was found, these injuries suggest she was likely involved in a violent physical altercation prior to her death. Given this, the role that drugs and/or alcohol may have played in Ms. Mooney’s death, if any, is uncertain,” the report stated.
A toxicology report showed the model had benzoylecgonine —a cocaine metabolite in her system along with a mix of cocaethylene and ethanol.
Her death came just two days after another model, Nichole “Nikki” Coats, was found dead inside her LA apartment on Grand Avenue.
The models’ deaths sparked fears of a serial killer as both were killed inside their downtown Los Angeles residences.
Coats’ death was ruled accidental as the cause was listed as “cocaine and ethanol toxicity.”
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