OMG it's cold: On the bright side, next week's going to feel super warm

Good news: It's supposed to get warmer!
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If you're in Minnesota right now, you already know this: It's freezing cold!

Saturday night into Sunday is only going to be worse. Several reports are saying we'll be getting close to hitting some record lows.

The National Weather Service and FOX 9 say we probably won't set any new records, though.

The NWS says the Twin Cities will be about minus 21 degrees Sunday morning. With the wind chill, that's closer to minus 36. The record low for that day is minus 24 degrees, though.

Other areas are expected to be even colder. With wind chills, St. Cloud could hit minus 40 degrees and Grand Forks could see minus 46. Along the Minnesota-Iowa boarder, it's supposed to be about that cold, too.

Meanwhile, the very northwest corner of the state could hit minus 50. Yikes.

Dangerously cold

These temperatures are dangerously cold. Officials have even warned Minnesotans to not drive unless it's "absolutely necessary." Really, it's best just to stay inside.

If you do go outside, bundle up. In these temperatures, frostbite can happen in just a few minutes.

Hypothermia is also a concern. A 34-year-old St. Paul woman died earlier this week because of hypothermia, the Pioneer Press reports.

Signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.

Cold weather also increases the risk for heart attacks.

Health officials tell AccuWeather the combination of physical exertion and cold temperatures puts extra strain on your heart. So much strain that it can put people at risk, even if they don't have heart conditions.

This "leads to an increase in heart-related failures and fatalities over the winter season."

The American Heart Association says taking breaks and not eating a big meal or drinking alcohol before shoveling – or doing any other outdoor activity – can help keep people safe.

Call 911 if you experience chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort in areas of the upper body, nausea, cold sweats or lightheadedness. Those are signs of a heart attack.

You can get more cold weather safety tips from the Department of Homeland Security.

Warmer weather next week!

On the bright side, next week is probably going to feel super warm compared to this weekend.

The NWS says we could see a high of 32 degrees (above zero!) by Tuesday.

The Weather Channel is reporting the same thing – 33 degrees in the Twin Cities. From there, temps are expected to stay above zero through the week.

Similar weather is expected throughout the state.

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