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A bus made its way down Nicollet Mall Monday morning as light snow fell.

Richard Sennott, Star Tribune

Ruth Neunsinger of Minneapolis was bathed in a sea of Christmas lights while waiting for a bus Monday morning on Nicolett Mall.

Richard Sennott, Star Tribune

Bundle up for a bit of an arctic blast

  • Star Tribune
  • December 25, 2012 - 7:27 AM

An arctic blast will add a little bite to the holidays.

The high of 5 to 10 degrees on Christmas Day will feel more like 5 to 10 degrees below zero because of a 10 mile-per-hour northwest wind blowing through the Twin Cities. The normal high is 25 degrees, but getting an arctic blast this time of year "isn't all that unusual," said Tony Zaleski, forecaster at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Temperatures will eventually creep up to 25 degrees by Friday, hitting a high of 15 degrees on Wednesday and 20 degrees Thursday.

The end of the week also brings a chance of snow, with 1 to 2 inches possible Thursday night into Friday.

The Twin Cities' record Christmas Eve snowfall occurred only three years ago, when 5.2 inches fell. That was followed by 2 more inches on Christmas Day. The record for both days was set in 1945, when 11.3 inches fell over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A year ago, the Arrowhead region was the only part of Minnesota with snow on the ground.

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