Wind Chill Advisory In Place
Old man winter has decided to finally arrive after a fairly warm winter across the upper Midwest so far. A Wind Chill Advisory is in place for the Twin Cities metro from 3 AM Saturday through Noon Sunday for wind chill values as low as -34F. Up toward St. Cloud and other areas of central Minnesota, the Wind Chill Advisory is in place from Midnight Friday Night through Noon Tuesday for wind chills to -40F. In the Duluth area, the Wind Chill Advisory goes from 6 PM Friday Night through Noon Tuesday for wind chills to -40F. Up in northwestern Minnesota, Wind Chill Warnings are in place from 6 PM Friday Night through Noon Tuesday for wind chills to -50F.
Through at least next Tuesday morning, wind chill values are expected to be in the -20s in the metro, with -30s as close as the St. Cloud area. Up in parts of northern Minnesota, particularly Sunday through Tuesday mornings, wind chills will be in the -40s. The coldest wind chill over this period for Roseau is expected to be Sunday morning.
The Deep Freeze Moves In This Weekend
Did you think Friday was cold? Well, just wait for the next several days! We're going to start off below zero Saturday morning and temperatures aren't going to budge too much throughout the day. However, it should be enough to get us slightly above zero for the high during the afternoon. We'll see partly sunny skies throughout the day.
Winds will stay strong throughout the day out of the northwest at 10-15 mph sustained, gusting up to 20 mph. With those winds, it'll feel even cooler out, with morning wind chills bottoming out around -22F. However, it won't feel much better as we go throughout the day.
Highs in far northern Minnesota Saturday may not make it out of the teens below zero, with highs in southern Minnesota barely making it a few degrees above zero. We'll see partly to mostly sunny skies across the state as we watch some snow move to our south.
And we are going to remain in the Arctic freezer the next several days, with the coldest day through the middle of next week being either Sunday (across central/southern Minnesota) or Monday (in northern areas). Lows both Sunday and Monday morning could easily make it down into the -30s across northwestern portions of the state. While not shown here, this cold stretch does look to continue into at least portions of next weekend.
To summarize it for the Twin Cities - yeah, it's gonna be cold. Morning wind chills through the middle of next week will be in the -20s, with highs 20-30F degrees below average each afternoon. Sunday still looks to be the coldest of the next five with highs not making it above zero. These cold temperatures look to continue into Valentine's weekend, but there are signs in the models that we could start a more appreciable warm-up heading into the third week of February.
Last Time With A Subzero High
If we do stay below zero all day on Sunday, it'll be the first time in just over two years at MSP. The last time we saw a subzero high was back on January 31st, 2019, when the high only made it to -3F. If you expand that out to include 0F or below, the last time was back on March 3, 2019, with a high of 0F.
No Physical Distancing From Old Man Winter
By Paul Douglas
Pioneer jokes: "It got so cold we opened the fridge to heat the house. It's so cold I ate fast food just for the heartburn." I know you can do better.
A memorable stretch of numb is shaping up for Minnesota; maybe 10-12 nights below zero. Daytime "highs" Sunday and next weekend (Feb. 13-14) may hover in negative numbers, with a chill factor as low -40F at times.
The arctic is warming nearly 3 times faster than the rest of the planet, destabilizing the jet stream, the river of fast-flowing air that swirls around the North Pole. The end result some winters: a wavier, loopier river of air. One such blob of polar air will dominate our weather into mid-February.
The much-hyped "Polar Vortex" passes almost directly overhead next weekend, when metro lows may dip to -20F. It'll be too cold for significant snow, but the arrival of battery-draining air may set off a few inches of fluff next Thursday.
Before pondering a sudden move to Cuba consider this: a thaw may return the third week of February. Woohoo!
Paul's Extended Twin Cities Forecast
SATURDAY: Some sun, feels like -20. Wake up -3. High 1. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, happily numb. Wake up -14. High -1. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
MONDAY: More sunshine, still nippy. Wake up -10. High 3. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind W 3-8 mph.
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, few flurries. Wake up -6. High 5. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind W 8-13 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Patchy clouds. Hope the car starts. Wake up -9. High 8. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind W 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Few inches of powdery snow? Wake up 1. High 10. Chance of precipitation 70%. Wind NE 8-13 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, feels like - 25F. Wake up 1. High 3. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1994: The national low is at Tower, dropping down to -41.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 26F (Record: 51F set in 1925)
Average Low: 10F (Record: -24F set in 1936)
Average Precipitation: 0.02" (Record: 0.62" set in 1881)
Average Snowfall: 0.2" (Record: 5.4" in 1946)
Record Snow Depth: 22" in 1979
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:26 AM
Sunset: 5:28 PM
*Length Of Day: 10 hours, 2 minutes and 34 seconds
*Daylight GAINED Since Yesterday: ~2 minutes and 44 seconds
*When Do We Climb To 10.5 Hours Of Daylight? February 16th (10 hours, 31 minutes, and 11 seconds)
*When Is The Sunrise At/Before 7:00 AM?: February 23rd (7:00 AM)
*When Is The Sunset At/After 5:30 PM? February 7th (5:30 PM)
National Weather Forecast
We will be watching a few areas of snow as we head through Saturday. One will be moving from the central Plains into the Ohio River Valley, with another one impacting the northern Rockies. Lake effect snow will also impact areas downwind of the Great Lakes. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the Southeast, with rain and snow in the Northwest.
Several feet of snow is expected to pile up in portions of the Northern and Central Rockies through the weekend. A foot to a foot and a half of snow will be possible in areas downwind of the Great Lakes, with about 6" possible across central Nebraska. At least an inch of rain could fall from Florida to coastal areas of the Mid-Atlantic.
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Scientists narrow down the 'weight' of dark matter trillions of trillions of times
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