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Big warm-up this weekend followed by more wild winter weather

The active weather pattern will continue into next week.

It's another nasty morning of icebox-like cold in Minnesota as temperatures are anywhere from-20F to -40F, but the Arctic air will finally begin exiting today and allow for a significant warming trend this weekend. 

The warm weekend will be followed by chances of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow on Monday, and then another round of snow possibly on Tuesday. Here's the day-by-day breakdown of what to expect across the state. 

Today (Thursday)

The temperature at 7 a.m. in the Twin Cities was -23F and a 5 mph gave it a wind chill of -38F. The temp in St. Cloud was a ridiculous -33F and it was an even crazier -40F in Brainerd. 

Temps will gradually warm as the Arctic airmass lifts out of Minnesota, but it'll still be cold all day. 

Note: there's a chance for about a half-inch of snow in southern Minnesota, with the snow expected to fall during the afternoon and early evening. 

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Friday-Sunday

Temps will rise into the teens and low 20s on Friday and then surge into the 20s and 30s on Saturday. The warmest day will be Sunday when temps will be in the 30s in western Minnesota to the mid-40s in east/southeast parts of the state. 

Twin Cities high temps the next three days: 

  • Friday: 19
  • Saturday: 35
  • Sunday: 45

There could be some freezing drizzle and patchy fog on Sunday, so people out and about for Super Bowl parties will have to pay attention to potentially slick driving conditions. 

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Sunday night-Monday

A complex storm system will move into the region late Sunday night and bring the threat of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow to the Twin Cities on Monday. Temps will start out warm early in the day and then fall into the teens by dinner time, according to the National Weather Service. 

Here's the simulated future radar from 7 p.m. Sunday through all day Monday. Again, the storm track can and likely will change a bit between now and then. 

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As you can see, it could be all snow on the northern side of the system and that would create higher snow totals. But again, specific amounts aren't worth talking about yet because the storm track and precipitation types aren't clear just yet. . 

Tuesday-Wednesday

Another system is forecast to move through the region next Tuesday and it should be cold enough to bring all snow with it. Again, talking about amounts this far out is crazy because the track could change and miss Minnesota completely.

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