Friday brings the coldest weather this January

More sunshine across the state, especially for southern Minnesota

Much of Minnesota is seeing the coldest morning so far this January, and parts of the state, including the Twin Cities, are likely to have the coldest highs as well.

Friday’s cold

The cold air that moved in behind Thursday’s cold front continued to drop temperatures overnight, putting much of the state below zero Friday morning. 

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7 a.m. Friday temperatures
National Weather Service

For most of Minnesota these are now our coldest lows of the month, which is more of a testament to how mild this month has been versus it being exceptional cold for this time of year.

For example, International Falls, which is at minus 9 as of 7 a.m., has an average low currently of minus 7 degrees.  So, Friday morning is very close to average. But January has been so mild that the town has only had three other January days with a below-zero reading, with the previous lowest temperature being minus 7.

Daytime highs also remain below average, although most of the state will make it at least into double-digit highs.

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Friday high temperatures
National Weather Service

For portions of the state, especially southeastern Minnesota, those highs could also be the chilliest of January. The coldest high the Twin Cities has seen this month was 18 on Jan. 9, and Friday’s temperatures are likely to stay below than that.

Despite the cold, there will be noticeably less wind than Thursday plus more sunshine to help take the edge off the cold.

Temperatures turn milder over the weekend, but a snowstorm is expected to snarl travel Saturday into early Sunday. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.

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