Windchlll Warning. NOAA has upgraded the watch to a warning, meaning it's imminent. The coldest windchill values come tomorrow morning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 340 AM CST SUN JAN 20 2013 ...LOW WIND CHILLS THIS MORNING...THEN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY... .THE COMBINATION OF BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS AND TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE HAZARDOUS WIND CHILLS AROUND 25 BELOW OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THIS MORNING. EVEN COLDER AIR WILL BUILD INTO THE AREA THIS EVENING...WITH LOW TEMPERATURES DROPPING TO BETWEEN 10 AND 15 BELOW NEAR THE IOWA BORDER...TO 20 TO 25 BELOW ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THESE BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH A NORTHWEST WIND OF 10 TO 15 MPH WILL CREATE WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...AND BETWEEN 25 AND 35 BELOW ACROSS WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. ONLY A SLIGHT MODERATION OF TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED DURING THE DAY MONDAY WITH HIGHS EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 1 BELOW TO 11 BELOW. ANOTHER BITTERLY COLD NIGHT IS ANTICIPATED MONDAY NIGHT WITH LOWS OF 10 BELOW TO 25 BELOW. WINDS WILL BE SLIGHTLY LIGHTER...BUT STRONG ENOUGH TO CREATE WIND CHILLS BETWEEN 25 BELOW AND 35 BELOW INTO TUESDAY MORNING.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.
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We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough. Check the Blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
20s didn't feel too bad out there yesterday; today and Sunday (morning) should feel even better as temperatures flirt with freezing. Enjoy the attempted thaw, because a week from now temperatures may be dipping below zero. A couple of clippers are brewing; Sunday's swirl of low pressure will whip up 30-35 mph gusts capable of white-out conditions, especially Red River Valley and western Minnesota.
Another coating of snow is expected today as a weak clipper drifts overhead. It may be considerably more than a coating late Sunday into Monday as colder air approaches. A few inches of snow coupled with 30+ mph winds will whip up the snow already on the ground, resulting in poor travel conditions, especially outside the metro area. It does turn colder next week, but nothing brutal, considering it's February in Minnesota...
A few nuisance snows are on the way; one today, another coating to 1" possible tomorrow, maybe some blowing and drifting on Super Bowl Sunday as colder air approaches. Enjoy a fleeting weekend thaw, because February chill returns next week. Long-range models still hint at a Pacific thaw the latter half of February, but winter isn't nearly done with us yet.
I know, imagine that: it actually snowed like they said it would, in fact a little more than they said it would. Most spots in the metro wound up with 5-10", as much as a foot in Oakdale. Nice to see it can still snow in the Twin Cities. A slow AM commute gives way to a much better drive home later today; moderate temperatures into Super Bowl Sunday. And then next week we all get a rude reminder that it's still February.