Minnesota could be set for its coldest Christmas in 20 years

An Arctic blast is expected to sweep the state this weekend.

First we'll get snow, then we'll get a deep freeze.

That's what the National Weather Service is predicting, saying an Arctic blast will send temperatures plunging across the state just in time for Christmas.

How cold? We're talking Christmas morning temperatures of 5-15 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities metro, while the Northland could reach 20 below.

Those will be the lows that day.

If the high temp stays in the negative, it will be the coldest Christmas Day in the Twin Cities since 1996, when MSP Airport experienced a low of -22 and a high of -9.

Before that, you have to go back to 1933 for the last time the Twin Cities experienced Christmas below zero when, according to Minnesota DNR stats, the high was 6 below.

And while Christmas Day will be seriously cold, temperatures are expected to drop even further on Tuesday.

The NWS has also issued updated predictions for the snow coming on Wednesday and Thursday.

It looks as though we're in for less than initially suggested, with the weather system from Colorado weakening to the point that we might not get more than a light flurry along I-90.

Stay tuned though – things could change in the coming days.

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