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January going out like ... January


Well, you knew it couldn't last forever. Our three-week streak of above average temperatures is coming to an end. Colder air is targeting the region just in time for the weekend.

Expect more-seasonal temperatures Saturday with highs in the middle 20s. A clipper system slides through Minnesota Saturday night bringing snow and even colder temperatures. Much of the snow will fall in southern Minnesota where 1" to 2" is possible - mainly along and south of the Minnesota River Valley. Look for only a trace to 0.5" in the Twin Cities. Little to no snow is forecast for central and northern Minnesota.

Highs drop into the teens Super Bowl Sunday. No snow is expected, but wind chill values should remain slightly below 0 degrees much of the day.

We'll remain cooler than average much of next week as reinforcing shots of cold air drop down from Canada. The coldest day looks like Wednesday with highs in the lower teens and morning lows between 0 and -5 degrees. The good news is it doesn't last long. Long-range models indicate the mild air returns to Minnesota by next weekend.

The paltry snowfall makes this January one of the driest in years for Minnesota. A U.S. Drought Monitor report released Friday says the whole state is abnormally dry and parts of the Red River Valley and north central Minnesota are already in a moderate drought.

MPR's Paul Huttner notes total snowfall in the Twin Cities for the season is more than a foot below average.

Weather blogger Tim Burr dug out the snowfall map from this time last year for a comparison:

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