Polar plunge: Much colder through Saturday morning

Temperatures closer to reality for January; snowfall likely Saturday

We’re finally getting some respectably cold winter air in Minnesota.

Temperatures and wind chills plunge into Friday morning. Subzero wind chills cover pretty much all of Minnesota Friday morning. Temperatures will bottom out around minus 15 in northern Minnesota. Windchill advisories cover northeast Minnesota.

Temperatures in northern Minnesota Friday morning
Temperatures in northern Minnesota Friday morning
Duluth National Weather Service

Windchills will dip into the minus 20s in northern Minnesota Friday morning and to around minus 10 in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

Forecast wind chill temperatures for 7 am Friday
Forecast wind chill temperatures for 7 a.m. Friday.
NOAA

Highs hover in the teens across most of Minnesota Friday afternoon, with a few single digits above zero up north.

Forecast high temperatures Friday
Forecast high temperatures Friday
NOAA

Milder again late next week?

Temperatures look seasonable over the next week. That means highs in the 20s for most of Minnesota through the weekend into early next week.

But there are already signs of milder Pacific air returning to Minnesota by later next week.

Upper air forecast map for 6 pm January 27
Upper air forecast map for 6 p.m. Jan. 28.
NOAA

NOAA’s temperature outlooks favor milder than average air again in the one to two-week range.

NOAA 6 to 10-day temperature outlook
NOAA six to 10-day temperature outlook
NOAA

It’s been hard to keep arctic air around in Minnesota this winter. That trend appears persistent.

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