Coldest week of winter; persistent Arctic air invasion continues

Even colder Arctic shot arrives next weekend?

Wind chill advisory
Wind chill advisory
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Welcome to the coldest week of winter in Minnesota. It seems we usually get a week to 10 days of persistent bitter cold. This winter is no exception.

Wind chill warnings are up again for northern Minnesota.

Wind chills in northern Minnesota
Wind chills in northern Minnesota
Duluth National Weather Service

Including the cities of Walker, Hill City, and Duluth

258 PM CST Mon Feb 8 2021

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY...

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO NOON CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 40 below zero. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero.

* WHERE...North Cass, Northern Aitkin and Carlton and South St. Louis Counties. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Fond du Lac Band and the Mille Lacs Band, Big Sandy Lake area.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, until noon CST Tuesday. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from noon Tuesday to noon CST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Wind chill advisories cover most of southern Minnesota.

Including the cities of Princeton, Mora, Sauk Rapids, Elk River, Cambridge, Center City, Madison, Montevideo, Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Granite Falls, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Shakopee, Hastings, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, Faribault, Red Wing, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, Albert Lea, Osceola, Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Hudson, River Falls, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire

132 PM CST Mon Feb 8 2021

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and central, east central, south central, southeast, southwest and west central Minnesota.

* WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 10 AM CST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Persistent cold this week

The Twin Cities managed to stagger to +1 Monday afternoon. That breaks a string of 49 straight hours at or below zero. In case you are wondering, that’s not even within sniffing distance of the record of 186 hours.

Temperatures remain pretty constant from now through Wednesday. But an even colder shot of Arctic air arrives this weekend. Temperatures could again approach -20 in the Twin Cities, with -40 up north once again.

Twin Cities area outlook
Twin Cities area outlook
Twin Cities National Weather Service

There are signs temperature may moderate into the teens above zero next week. Overall the rest of February looks colder than normal.

Hang in there Minnesota.

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