Tuesday brings the coldest weather so far this January

More light snow moves across the state

Tuesday is shaping up to be the coldest day so far this month for most of Minnesota, and it also brings areas of light snow.

Up through Monday, the majority of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, has not seen a single day in January with below average temperatures. There have been a couple times the highs were colder than average, but on those days the lows were so mild, it kept the day as a whole at and often above average.  Tuesday finally breaks that mild trend.

Tuesday’s forecast

Compared to Monday, Tuesday morning is already starting off noticeably colder for the majority of the state, especially northern Minnesota. 

In northern Minnesota, several places including Hibbing and Bemidji are seeing their first subzero reading of January, even though typical morning lows should be below zero for northern Minnesota this time of year. Morning temperatures rise significantly as you head south, with southern Minnesota still seeing a few 20s Tuesday morning.

With northerly winds and mostly cloudy skies, temperatures rise little through the day, ranging from single digits north to 20s south.

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Tuesday high temperatures
National Weather Service

That will also make it the coldest afternoon so far this January for many spots, even though such temperatures normally wouldn’t be uncommon given this is typically the coldest time of the year.

As mentioned, skies remain mostly cloudy again, and another minor disturbance is bringing light snow and flurries across the state, particularly to the corridor south of Interstate 94.

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6:50 a.m. Tuesday radar
National Weather Service

Most places seeing snow will get only a dusting, with isolated amounts up to an inch.

A more significant snowfall is possible by the weekend, along with a shot of even colder air. That forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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