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Into the deep freeze: Bitter cold temperatures move in to Minnesota

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Better get yourself prepared – the cold is coming!

The coldest air of the season is knocking on our doorstep. Expect temperatures to plummet Saturday night down to around -4 degrees in the Twin Cities. Look for -10s in northern Minnesota, and that's without the wind chill!

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for much of state, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect for the northern third of Minnesota. "Feels like" temperatures will be between -20 and -25 degrees in the metro. Wind chill values may dip to around -40 degrees or lower in far northern Minnesota late Saturday night through mid-morning Sunday.

Temperatures may only climb a few degrees Sunday afternoon. The forecast is calling for a high between 0 and -2 degrees. YIKES! Winds are going to weaken but remain stiff enough to keep wind chill values around -15 to -20 degrees, even in the afternoon.

In northern North Dakota and Minnesota, blizzard conditions with blowing snow and very strong winds were causing terrible driving conditions, according to Valley News Live.

The threat of arctic temperatures has led Spirit Mountain ski resort in Duluth to announce it'll be closed on Sunday, Jan. 4. Depending on the weather, it may be closed Monday as well. Visitors are advised to check the Spirit Mountain website or Facebook page for updates.

The Trollhaugen outdoor recreation area in Dresser, Wis., said it will be open during daylight hours on Sunday, but will close at 4 p.m.

The coldest morning of the week still appears to be Monday. Air temperatures will be in the -20s from central through northern Minnesota. Look for a low around -13 degrees in the metro.

You may remember that it was exactly a year ago that 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.

“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 continues for several days, with snow developing later in the day Monday. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for west-central and southern Minnesota Monday evening and night.

A quick-moving clipper system is going to drop several inches of fluffy snow. Expect 2" to 4" in the Twin Cities, but locations south and west of the metro could easily see upwards of 6" or more. Snow totals will depend on the exact track of this system, so stay tuned.

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