Hold onto your hat! Wind gusts could reach 50 mph Thursday


It'll be windy and much colder Thursday – and some Minnesotans are seeing some snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of western, central and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, until Thursday afternoon.

The weather service warns 30-35 mph winds are expected, with gusts of 45-50 mph possible, which could make driving difficult.

Overnight, temperatures dropped into the 20s and lower 30s across the state – that's 20-25 degrees colder than it was Wednesday morning, the weather service notes.

Temperatures are expected to stay cooler through the weekend, with highs Thursday in the 20s and 30s statewide.

But all that wind will make it feel like its in the teens in the Twin Cities, while the windchill in northwestern Minnesota will dip to four degrees. (See map below.)

Snow for the northland

There's also a winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for far northern Minnesota, which could pick up

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Central Minnesota started seeing some snow Thursday morning as well, with flakes reported in Sartell and

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Thursday's strong winds could cause blowing snow, which could reduce visibilities. Roads may also be slippery, the weather service says.

There's a chance for snow in Minnesota again on Friday. The northern edge of a winter storm is expected to lift just north of Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota, the National Weather Service says. The area near the Iowa border could pick up 2-4 inches of snow.

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Winds gusting to 70 mph just north of the metro area

The winds are associated with a dying line of storms.