After failing to drop below zero in the Twin Cities in the entire month of January, the run of warmer than normal temperature luck will end later this week as Minnesotans will get a reminder of what it really means to live in the Bold North.
According to the National Weather Service, a piece of the polar vortex will plunge into the Upper Midwest and bring by far the coldest air of the winter to Minnesota. High temps may struggle to break zero later this week.
As meteorologist Ryan Maue puts it, "a massive lobe of the polar vortex swings like a pendulum thru upper-Midwest & Great Lakes" this coming weekend.
"Confidence is increasing in below normal temperatures next weekend," the Twin Cities office of the NWS says. "In fact, it is likely that temperatures will go below zero across Minnesota and Wisconsin, with wind chill values of less than -20 degrees possible."
The coldest days look to be Saturday and Sunday, though Thursday will likely featuring plummeting temps during the day followed by a brisk and cold Friday. Overall, the surge of Arctic air will be in place Feb. 6-10, at least.
"Wind chills will probably be in at least the Advisory ranges (-25F or colder) for Sunday and Monday mornings, and even potentially the Warning ranges (-35F or colder)," the NWS Twin Cities says.
Snow possible Thursday
A storm system that will help usher in the frigid air from Canada will push through on Thursday, delivering a bit of snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
According to the weather service, the system looks poised to deliver a dusting to three inches of fresh snow in Minnesota, though freezing drizzle and blowing snow could cause hazardous travel conditions.
The latest run from the European computer model shows the system impacting mostly the southern and eastern halves of Minnesota during the day Thursday.