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Shovels at the ready: Cold weekend will lead into colder, snowier Monday

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I've got good news and bad news. Here's the good first:

The good news we'll see the sunshine Saturday.

The bad news is it'll be cold and windy, and next week will be colder and snowy.

Temperatures right now throughout Minnesota generally range anywhere from the mid 30s to low 50s, the chillier temps being found in the northeast. Wind could be a factor this evening, especially around Mankato as meteorologist Mark Tarello points out.

As for Saturday, afternoon highs won't even get out of the middle 30s. Adding insult to injury, strong northwest winds of 10-20 mph (gusting to 30 mph early) will produce wind chill values in the 20s much of the day.

Sunday is going to be the warmest half of the weekend as highs rise to near 40 degrees in the afternoon. Look for mostly cloudy skies and not as much wind as Saturday.

Yes, many parts of the state had their first snowflakes earlier this week. However, our first real taste of measurable, shovel-able, and even plow-able snow comes Monday. (Cue scary music!)

On the leading edge of some VERY cold air is an area of low pressure and enough moisture to put down several inches of snow. At this point, it appears there will be a stripe of fairly heavy snow draped across the southern-third of Minnesota. The heaviest snow would be just south of the Twin Cities. However, if the storm track were to move a bit farther north, it would mean more snow potentially for the metro. So, stay tuned!

Here's a National Weather Service video breaking down what's to come.

Regardless of snowfall amounts, it's going to get cold. ... really cold. Highs will likely drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s Tuesday through Thursday, with morning lows in the teens.

Just like Winterfell, winter is coming in Minnesota. It's only a matter of time.

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