Another storm, another test of our winter mettle

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 11:47 PM
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High winds and low temperatures and blowing snow made outdoor activities dangerous for the unprepared Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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C’mon. You’re a Minnesotan. Don’t whine. Buckle up and bring your mittens.

Winter has whipped up yet another snowstorm just in time for another snarly morning commute.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 5 a.m. until noon Thursday, with 1 inch to 2 inches expected during the rush hour and then occasionally heavy snow in portions of the metro area during the midmorning hours. Total accumulations will range from 2 to 5 inches.

Up to 4 inches is predicted for parts of western Wisconsin, including Rice Lake and New Richmond.

Northern Minnesota is expecting only periods of light snow, with Duluth slated to see just one-half inch of new snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s sunshine and higher temperatures brought a brief reprieve from extreme cold, relentless snow, whipping winds and kids home for school.

But there’s yet another test of winter mettle upon your doorstep.

The clipper gusting from Wyoming, through southern Minnesota and into the metro area is bringing — yes — more of the deep freeze. Temperatures are expected to fall from about 16 above zero Thursday afternoon to minus-9 overnight. Windchill readings could hit 30 below in the early hours of Friday morning.

Daytime temperatures over the weekend are forecast to reach the teens, but the mercury sinks below zero at night, with cold and dry weather forecast through Tuesday.

Joy Powell

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