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Single digit temps engulf Minnesota; wind, snow in SW could make driving difficult

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Even by the mid-January standards, this week is going to be cold. And it starts Monday morning.

Temperatures across Minnesota were almost exclusively below 10 degrees as of 6 a.m. Monday, giving the early work week commuters and students an early mid-winter chill. You can see the statewide temps in the image below. (Click to see a current image from Air Sports Net)

Frigid, arctic air is locked in place keeping Minnesota temperatures way below average. The normal high for Nov. 17 is about 40 degrees, which would actually feel rather balmy compared to what we're getting.

Instead, highs are going to be stuck in the teens today, with a wicked northwest wind at 20 mph (and gusts to 30 mph).

This will produce sub-zero wind chills through much of the day.

Blowing snow could hamper commute

All of the fallen snow and whips of wind could mean for difficult driving Monday morning for some parts of Minnesota.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for a large portion of southwest and southern Minnesota until 6 p.m. tonight for blowing and drifting snow as well reduced visibilities.

According to KSTP's Ken Barlow, Twin Cities drivers may face some similar problems, but it's expected to be much more pronounced in greater Minnesota. MnDOT's traffic update Twitter is already reporting some spinouts early Monday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, six people died over the weekend as a result of accidents on icy roads in and around the metro.

You can check real-time road conditions on this map, via the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The week ahead: A bit warmer?

Besides Wednesday, snow won't be an issue this week as few snow showers are possible. The big story will remain the cold. Highs in the teens and lower 20s with overnight low hovering around zero degrees or slightly below are likely each day until the weekend.

A slight warm up comes this weekend though. Arctic air finally retreats from the area Saturday. Expect highs to rebound nicely into the lower to middle 30s both Saturday and Sunday.

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