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Warm-up ahead – but we have to get through near-record cold stretch first

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The sub-freezing streak continues.

With a forecast high of a measly 18 degrees in the Twin Cities, Wednesday marks the 10th consecutive day of "below-freezing" highs.

According to the Minnesota State Climatology office, the all-time record for November is 15 straight days of sub-32 highs, with a three-way tie for second place at 11 days.

If the forecast continues the way we expect, temps won't creep above 32 degrees until Saturday – ending the streak at 12 consecutive days. This would put us solely in the No. 2 spot – not a piece of history we were probably wanting.

Blustery Wednesday

The National Weather Service says it'll be cold and blustery again Wednesday, with blowing and drifting snow expected across west-central and south-central Minnesota.

This cold streak has some playing the "would you rather" game. MPR News' Bob Collins says overnight the Twin Cities received .08 inches of snow; that's compared to the several feet of snow Buffalo, New York, got Tuesday.

This prompted Collins to ask: "Which would you rather put up with? Three feet of snow? Or a Polar Vortex giving us -25 temperatures?"

The snow that fell overnight in the Twin Cities did cause some roads to be covered in snow during the morning commute, which doubled travel times and caused numerous spinouts and accidents.

A look at some of the accidents and backups during the commute:

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Warmer weekend ahead

Arctic air finally retreats this weekend. Look for highs to rebound into the upper 30s both Saturday and Sunday (which is average for this time of year). In fact, overnight lows Saturday night should hold steady at or above freezing.

The bad news is we may get a bit of an icy mix Sunday. Expect a rain/snow/sleet mix for the second half of the weekend, especially in the morning.

Another winter storm Monday?

Rumors are already flying about the potential of another heavy-hitting winter storm for Minnesota early next week. Models have been fairly consistent at keeping the heaviest snow south and east of the Twin Cities throughout portions of Wisconsin, eastern Iowa and Illinois.

Regardless, the southeastern tip of Minnesota could still see some moderate snowfall. And as with any winter system, storm tracks often shift, so stay tuned.

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