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Back to reality: Winter-like temperatures will return soon

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Looks like it's back to reality, weather-wise, starting this weekend.

High temperatures are going to reach only the teens with overnight lows in the single digits starting Saturday night into Sunday. That's quite a swing compared to what we'll have Wednesday (and have had much of January) – temperatures running 15 to 20 degrees above average.

We'll actually be about 10 degrees below average come Sunday.

Expect the "cold" to persist through much of next week before more-mild air returns to the region for the second week of February. Just a reminder, week to two-week-long cool/cold snaps are very common during Minnesota winters.

No major snowstorms are on the horizon, though. Our seasonal total this winter for the Twin Cities is 20.4 inches of snow – which is about a foot below where we typically sit for late January.

Take a look at yearly snowfall totals from the last 10 years. Notice the numbers vary widely from year to year.

 The least amount of snow in one season was 1930-31 with only 14.2" inches in the Twin Cities. The most on record was in 1983-84 with 98.6 inches of snow. And, in the last 10 years, we've had totals that have rivaled both of those levels.

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