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Get out while you can! Mild start, bitterly cold end to the weekend expected

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If you're planning some festive activities between now and Christmas, then Saturday could be your best bet as temperatures are set to rise following a frigid Thanksgiving.

Get ready for seasonal temperatures to kick off the weekend with highs Saturday in the middle and upper 30s around the region. Many locations in southwest Minnesota may even sneak into the lower 40s.

Look for patchy fog and low clouds through the day with partly cloudy sky in the afternoon.

The above-freezing temperatures won't last though, with another blast of arctic air beginnning to push in Saturday night.

Winds will switch around to the northwest and increase through overnight into early Sunday morning as temperatures plummet.

The mercury is going to remain steady or even drop a few degrees through the afternoon to the lower teens. Gusty northwest winds up to 25 mph will create sub-zero wind chills nearly the entire day.

The coldest day of the forecast is Monday. Expect sunshine, but COLD sunshine with highs only reaching the single digits with morning lows below zero.

The good news is the nasty cold temps don't last. We'll be back in the 20s and 30s for the rest of the week.

This will be the first weekend of opening for the centerpiece of Minneapolis' holiday festivities, the Holidazzle village and European market.

It attracted big crowds upon opening on a cold Friday evening, and milder weather Saturday could see another good turnout.

Whether this will last into Sunday remains to be seen, with the Star Tribune predicting "roller-coaster" weather for the weekend.

Also out today are competitors taking part in the Moustache Run half-marathon, 10k and 5k events in aid of prostate cancer, which will start from the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

The race gets underway at 8.30 a.m., when temperatures are expected to be at around 27 degrees, according to The Weather Channel, but competitors at least will be able to keep their heads warm, with wooly hats given out to every runner.

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