Bundle up: Coming cold spell will make Minnesota feel like January


If the snow and icy commute weren't wintry enough for you, this will be good news: It's going to get cold this week. (Not polar vortex cold, but #stupidcold as BringMeTheNews meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta puts it).

The temperature is expected to plummet after a first-of-the-season winter storm dumped over a foot of snow in some areas of the state. Sebesta says the daily high temperatures will continue to descend each day, through the weekend.

Afternoon temps in the Twin Cities are going to remain in the 20s each day until Friday.

Here's some context from Craig Edwards on MPR's Updraft blog: The high on Friday will likely be colder than the average high temperatures in Minnesota in mid-January, the coldest part of the year.

The worst of the cold comes this weekend though, Sebesta says, as highs won't even make it out of the teens. Meanwhile, overnight lows drop into the single digits (but above zero) starting Thursday night – and that will last through the weekend. That could include a record stretch of lows for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

Paul Douglas with the Star Tribune describes the temperatures as "unseasonably cold," and he expects that to last for the next two weeks. Douglas says it'll feel more like January than November.

Locations just north of the metro that picked up a foot or more of snow may see readings near zero degrees by the end of this week.

Flurries and light snow showers are again possible Wednesday and Thursday as a reinforcing shot of bitterly cold air drops from Canada, but little to no accumulation is expected.

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