The coldest air of the season is here. Temperatures barely made it above zero in most of Minnesota Sunday.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for much of state, with a wind chill warning in effect for the northern third of Minnesota until at least Monday afternoon. The "feels like" temperatures were between minus 20 and minus 25 degrees in the metro Sunday. Wind chill values dipped to around minus 40 degrees or lower in far northern Minnesota Sunday morning.
The arctic temperatures led Spirit Mountain ski resort in Duluth to close on Sunday and Monday. Officials say they plan to reopen Tuesday morning, but advise visitors to check the Spirit Mountain website or Facebook page for updates.
The Trollhaugen outdoor recreation area in Dresser, Wisconsin, was open during daylight hours on Sunday, but closed at 4 p.m.
More arctic air, snow ahead
The coldest morning of the week still appears to be Monday. Air temperatures will be in the minus 20s from central through northern Minnesota. Look for a low around minus 13 degrees in the metro.
You may remember it was exactly a year ago Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all schools in Minnesota to be closed on the first school day after winter break because of dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. Lows were forecast to reach minus 30, with wind chills predicted to reach minus 50 degrees.
“I’m not sure it’s going to be school-closing cold,” Meteorologist Paul Douglas told the Star Tribune, “but certainly with outdoor activities, you need to think twice when the windchill gets to 35 below zero or colder.”
The bitter cold is expected to continue for several days, with snow developing Monday. A winter storm watch is in effect for west-central and southern Minnesota Monday evening and night.
A quick-moving clipper system is expected to drop several inches of fluffy snow. Expect 2-4 inches in the Twin Cities, but locations south and west of the metro could easily see upwards of 6 inches or more. Snow totals will depend on the exact track of this system, so stay tuned.
Blizzard-like conditions Saturday
Strong winds caused blizzard-like conditions Saturday night, which caused terrible driving conditions in northern North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, according to Valley News Live.
At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, roads in northwestern Minnesota were listed as partially covered with snow, while roads in southern Minnesota were partially or completely covered, the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website shows.
Here's the latest on the road conditions:
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