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Light snow south of I-94 Sunday, stupid cold Monday, Tuesday in Minnesota

Below zero air temps in southern Minnesota? That's stupid for this time of year.

Temperatures Sunday are expected to be the warmest Minnesotans will experience for about 72 hours as a surge of Arctic air will put the squeeze on the Upper Midwest before things warm up slightly by Wednesday. 

Sunday's high temperature will be around 30 degrees in the metro area – colder in greater Minnesota – with the thermometor plunging during the day and into the teens overnight into Monday morning. 

"Cold today with wind chills in the teens through most of the day. Light snow is expected this afternoon, accumulations near half an inch across southern MN to a dusting up to the I-94 corridor. Temperatures fall to near-record cold values tonight through Tuesday," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. 

Throw in 20 mph winds on Monday with temps continuing to dive overnight into Tuesday morning, and all of sudden there will be "feels like" temps in the single digits and below zero, especially west of the metro. 

In fact, low temps Tuesday morning are expected to be in the single digits in most places, but possibly below zero where there is a snowpack in southern Minnesota. 

Look at this temperature GIF for Sunday through Wednesday, courtesy of the GFS computer model. Click here if the GIF doesn't load below. You don't need to be a meteorologist to know that blue colors on the map mean cold, but it's the purple and white-ish colors that represent single digits.


As the forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says, this is "near-unprecedented for early November" as temperatures will be 25-30 degrees below normal. 

Yes, it should be in the 40s this time of year. 

By the end of the week, Minnesota should be returning to more seasonable temperatures, the weather service says. 

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