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Tuesday night could be coldest of year, dangerous lows Wednesday

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Metro commuters on Tuesday morning woke up to a wind chill of 2 degrees (hey, not bad!) but found blowing snow in much of the Twin Cities area, where falling temperatures are expected during the day.

To add to the misery, winds could approach 30 mph in the southwestern part of the state Tuesday, WCCO reports.

The metro got another dusting of snow overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, which contributes to the frozen snowpack on the roads.

"Get ready, it's going to be another slow one," WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak warned drivers early Tuesday morning.

Yet another light coating of snow is expected in the Twin Cities Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, when it will dip to 11 below zero in the metro, forecasters say.

Then it will be bitterly cold across much of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Wednesday, the National Weather Service says. Tuesday night could be the coldest of 2013, KSTP meteorologist Patrick Hammer says.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for a large part of the state. Wind chills of 25 below to 40 below zero will be common, the weather service says.

Forecasters remind people that exposed skin can freeze in 10 to 30 minutes when wind chill values fall between 30 and 40 below zero.

Wednesday will feature a high of 2 degrees in the Twin Cities, but what KARE 11 calls a warming trend is around the corner: Forecasters say it could warm into the teens by Thursday and could hit 22 degrees on Sunday.

A few air temperatures from around the state:

International Falls – Tuesday: high -2, low -23; Wednesday high: -5, low -25

Winona: Tuesday – high 15, low -1; Wednesday high: 5, low -2

Worthington - Tuesday: high 15, low -8; Wednesday: high 2, low 0

Duluth: Tuesday - high 5, low -18; Wednesday: high 1, low -11

Bemidji: Tuesday - high -2, low -22; Wednesday: high -6, low -16

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