A new blast of frigid air brings wind chill advisory, warning


Remember the days – probably not so long ago – when you'd never heard a certain phrase that rhymes with solar Gore-Tex?

Well, it seems that unwelcome phrase has crept back into Minnesota's weather picture. A West Central Tribune report on the cold front that arrived Monday calls it another polar vortex.

Temperatures this time around will not be as frigid as those of our early January blast, nor will this episode be as long-lasting. But wind chill readings of more than 30 below mean vortex junior is not to be taken lightly.

Minnesota Public Radio's Updraft blog reports that even by 4 p.m. on Monday the wind chill had reached -39 in Crookston.

The National Weather Service has put the whole state under a wind chill advisory through noon Tuesday. Northern and west-central counties are under a wind chill warning.

Light snow and flurries are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, to go with an inch or two that fell in western Minnesota and the Dakotas on Monday. Even though the wind chill advisory is set to expire at noon Tuesday, things won't really warm up until about Friday.

WCCO forecasts a Twin Cities high of 1 below zero on Tuesday, followed by 3-degree highs on both Wednesday and Thursday.

FOX 9 has a shade more optimistim, calling for highs of 1 above, 6, and 2.

Winds were howling by late Monday and the North Dakota Department of Transportation had issued a travel alert for an area that includes Fargo and Wahpeton, WDAY reports.

Find the latest Minnesota road conditions here.

The Associated Press reports the cold front is settling in across a swath of the northern U.S. that extends east all the way to New England. Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine have joined Minnesota with wind chill warnings in effect.


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