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Record warmth to arctic cold this is weather whiplash

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Saturday sure was a beautiful day. The National Weather Service reports the temperature at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 45 degrees.

WCCO reports today's warmth has broken a record that stood for 117 years.

Minnesotans have been celebrating the warmth by getting outside while they can, or by cleaning off the grime from their holiday travels off of their vehicles.

Now, mark Saturday afternoon in your mind because the late December thaw is about to come to a screeching halt. Over the next few hours Minnesotans will likely be experiencing a case of "weather whiplash".

The National Weather Service has issued everything from blizzard warnings for west central and northwest Minnesota, to wind chill warnings in the southwest and northeast, to winter weather advisories over the rest of Minnesota as it says a massive arctic cold front will push through the state Saturday afternoon and evening.

That air mass is expected to spread hazardous weather from west to east across the region tonight, according to the weather service.

The Fargo Forum reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a portion of U.S. Highway 2 between East Grand Forks and Crookston. MnDOT says travel conditions in all of northwestern Minnesota are hazardous Saturday evening.

Strong northwest winds from 25 to 45 mph are expected tonight and into early Sunday, the gusty winds are expected to combine with plummeting temperatures to push wind chills between 20 below and 40 below zero by Sunday morning across much of the region.

That's right, the "feels like" temperature is literally forecast to drop by nearly 80 degrees in the next 12-18 hours, according to forecasters.

KARE 11 reports that it will be extremely cold for tailgating for the Vikings game tomorrow and wind chills improving only slightly toward kickoff to about minus 15. KARE reports the coldest temperature to be recorded in the metro area since January 2011 is forecast for Monday at 16 below zero.

It won't be a quick cold snap either, according to the Star Tribune. Single digit below zero highs and lows that fall into the minus teens are forecast for Minnesota until New Year's Day.

Keep up with the forecast on our weather page at Bringmethenews.com/weather.

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