Bitter cold eases this weekend

Thursday Wind Chills
Wind chill advisory Thursday morning
National Weather Service

We’re waking up to another bitter cold morning across the region with temperatures well below zero. We’re seeing around minus 10 in the Twin Cities area, but negative 20s and even a few negative 30s in northwestern and northeastern Minnesota. Wind chills are in the negative 30s for those coldest locations and yet again hovering around minus 20 for most of the Twin Cities metro.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.

Afternoon highs will be just in the single digits above zero for most of southern Minnesota. Portions of northwest Minnesota will remain below zero all day.

It will be another cold night Thursday night into Friday morning with temperatures once again falling below zero, but this time temperatures will be mainly steady or even go up in the western parts of the state. We’re in for not quite a real warmup (don’t get too excited), but rather a modification of temperatures heading into the weekend. We should see highs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the mid- to upper teens.

Thursday highs
High temperatures Thursday
National Weather Service
Friday highs
High temperatures Friday
National Weather Service

With these swings in temperatures, we’re in for some light snow chances as well. The first of a few clipper systems move through the state Friday night touching off a coating to as much as 1 inch of snow. Already, just 24 hours later, another clipper brings another coating Saturday night.

Friday night snow
Snowfall Friday night
College of DuPage Weather

A more significant clipper with more moisture brings the potential of at least a couple inches of snow Monday. Behind that disturbance will come yet another blast of cold Monday night into Wednesday.

Prepare for some snow, and some more cold. It is January still after all!

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