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Dangerous cold, wind chill will continue through Monday

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The bitter-cold weekend continues.

A wind chill warning remains in effect for most of Minnesota as dangerous wind chill values continue through Monday.

Sunday was one of the coldest mornings so far this season as temperatures dropped into the teens below zero in central and southern Minnesota, and to the 20- to 30-below zero range in the north, the National Weather Service says. (See the latest temperatures here.)

The coldest temperature over night was in Fosston, where it dropped to 35-degrees below zero. The warmest was in Winona, where it was 8-below, the weather service notes.

The 5 to 15 mph winds made it feel even colder. The lowest wind chill values ranged from 30- to 45-below zero overnight, the weather service reports, and they're expected to stay in the "danger zone" through Monday morning, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog.

Frostbite will occur in about 10 minutes on exposed skin, so if you have to go outdoors make sure to bundle up, the weather service says. (Click here for tips on how to stay safe in the extreme cold.)

What to expect Monday

Expect more cold Monday.

There's a forecast high of about zero for the Twin Cities area, the National Weather Service says. It'll drop to the negative teens again that night, before Tuesday offers some single-digit relief.

It'll be pretty darn similar in the Duluth area, though the temp could peak at about 2 degrees Monday.

Go up to the northwest to Crookston and you'll see a similar trend, but you can knock a few degrees off of the Twin Cities high temps (basically, don't expect to reach zero degrees Monday).

Down near Marshall, things will likely top out at about 1 degree in the positive Monday, dip to negative 10 overnight then swing back upward possibly into the teens.

And in Rochester, things look nice and chilly: A high of minus 1 Monday, falling to negative 16 before going positive again Tuesday.

Warmer weather in the forecast

Meteorologist Paul Douglas on the Star Tribune's weather blog that some models are showing some places could stay below zero until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

But there's some good news – temperatures are expected to slowly moderate this week. By Wednesday and Thursday, closer-to-normal temperatures in the teens are expected, the National Weather Service says.

By next weekend, the mercury is expected to rise to around 30 degrees in the Twin Cities.

And there's more good news: winter is half over.

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