Don't forget the mittens, frigid cold and wind could cause frostbite


It's about 30 degrees colder than it was Friday morning – and northwestern winds will make it feel even colder.

Temperatures early Saturday morning dipped to the single digits-below zero in northwestern Minnesota, and just a few degrees above zero in the Twin Cities area, the National Weather Service says.

And it's not expected to get much warmer. Temperatures are expected to remain steady – or slowly fall – throughout the day.

Northwestern Minnesota likely won't make it above zero, while the Twin Cities will see single digits for most of the day – and low temperatures hitting 10-below zero Saturday night in the metro.

When the mercury in the thermometer hits below zero, like it's expected to Saturday night, it will mark the eighth-latest sub-zero start to winter on record in the Twin Cities, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog.

Snow Friday, combined with falling temperatures overnight, led to roads becoming slippery. That was especially the case in southwestern Minnesota, which saw blowing snow and roadways completely covered with ice Saturday morning, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website.

Wind chill advisory in effect

"Very cold air" and northwest winds around 10 mph Saturday night will make it feel like 25- to 30-below zero, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill advisory for the entire state of Minnesota for Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service warns the windchill could result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken – so if you go outside, make sure you have a hat and gloves.

You can use find out about how long it'd take for frostbite to set in by looking at wind speeds and temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

The Hennepin County Medical Center tells WCCO they're expecting to see more frostbite patients as temperatures drop. The station reports most of the injuries happen when people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Frostbite can result in permanent tissue damage or even amputation, so it's important to keep your skin covered up when you go outside.

In 2014, 200 people had to be hospitalized due to frostbite, according to the Hennepin County Medical Center's blog.

By 7 a.m. Saturday, wind chill readings in western Minnesota were at 20-below zero:

2-below for Vikings game

Windchill conditions are expected to improve slightly Sunday morning – but it'll still be bitterly cold for the Vikings game, with arctic sunshine warming temperatures slowly from zero to 5 degrees, the National Weather Service says.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog that at kickoff, the temperature will be 2-below zero, with a pregame wind chill at around 20-below.

Coldest week of winter?

Douglas notes this will probably be the coldest week of the winter, with three separate waves of polar air pushing into the region – the first is Saturday into Sunday, followed by another blast on Tuesday and a third round of arctic temperatures is in the forecast Friday into early Saturday.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the Twin Cities will stay in the single digits with overnight lows below zero until Wednesday, then they'll climb into the low-teens for the rest of the work week.

The cold weather has made for picturesque moments, however:

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