Minnesota Climate: Arctic Blast Follows Messy Snowstorm

Learn Friday’s climate story right here.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans are getting hit with a one-two punch of winter climate. First, a sloppy storm rolled over Minnesota on Thursday morning, bringing freezing rain and as much as 5 inches of recent snow in some areas. Now, a mass of arctic air is blowing into the state, threatening dangerously-cold wind chills and the bottom temperatures of the season.

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On Friday morning, wind chill elements look to be round minus 14 within the Twin Cities and round minus 20 in northern Minnesota. Saturday is predicted to be even colder, and Sunday colder nonetheless. The frigid forecast even pushed the organizers of the Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis to reschedule the weekend’s occasions, pushing them ahead to Thursday and Friday nights. 

The coldest interval is predicted to be Saturday evening although Tuesday, when the core of the arctic air mass strikes over the state, dropping air temperatures under zero, even into the damaging double digits. Wind chill elements could possibly be as chilly as minus 30 within the Twin Cities. Elements of west-central and northern Minnesota might expertise wind chill elements close to minus 40. In such circumstances, frostbite can set in on uncovered pores and skin in half-hour.

Early Thursday morning, a storm system pushed into Minnesota from the south, drizzling freezing rain over a lot of southern and central Minnesota, together with the Twin Cities metro. Earlier than dawn Thursday, the wintry combine had turned largely to snow, which started to stack up on roads. Some colleges switched to on-line class or deliberate to shut early as a result of tough driving circumstances.

From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reported 201 crashes and 195 spinouts throughout Minnesota, with 21 individuals injured. 4 semi-trucks additionally jackknifed throughout that timeframe. Troopers additionally reported that earlier within the morning {that a} 60-year-old man was killed in a three-car crash on Interstate 94 close to Albany.

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The snow fell by means of the late morning hours earlier than the system pushed into western Wisconsin round noontime. As for totals, the Twin Cities noticed 2 to 4 inches stack up, with the upper totals within the suburbs to the north and the west. Throughout southern and central Minnesota, localized bands of heavy snow left greater than 5 inches is areas equivalent to Redwood Fall and Faribault.

The Nationwide Climate Service says arctic air started blowing into the state mid-Thursday, with gusts as robust as 35 mph. The winds whipped up the freshly-fallen snow, lowering visibility. The blustery circumstances will proceed into the weekend.

So, will temperatures quickly rebound again into the 30s? Not anytime quickly. The chilly air seems to be to linger into the center of subsequent week. Highs on Wednesday are forecasted to be within the single digits, and in a single day lows shall be subzero.

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