It's the coldest day of the winter so far, with bitterly cold wind chills greeting Minnesotans Monday morning.
It was minus 10 degrees in the Twin Cities early Monday, but the temperature warmed up to around zero by early afternoon. “Feels like” temperatures were near minus 20 in the metro.
A handful of school districts decided to close school early Monday afternoon because of the cold. KARE 11’s weather closings page has the details.
Snow and more cold
The second wave of winter weather arrives Monday afternoon and evening in the form of snow. The worst of it will be in southwestern Minnesota, where a winter storm warning is in effect until midnight Monday. It includes the cities of Marshall, Pipestone, Worthington and Fairmont, which could see six to eight inches of snow.
The southern track for this storm means the Twin Cities area gets off easy — with maybe an inch or two of light snow. But it might be enough to cause some slippery roads Monday evening, according to MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner.
As for the rest of the week, it'll remain cold. Wednesday looks like it'll be subzero all day, with high temperatures in the Twin Cities maybe getting to -3. But then we'll see a slow warmup.
Huttner says some forecast models predict milder air coming in to Minnesota by next week – although others are calling for more cold air. So who knows, exactly?
Fun with winter
You might as well try to enjoy winter, if you're living in it every year. Nathan Ziegler of Minneapolis has posted a series of YouTube videos demonstrating various cold-weather tricks that might keep you amused. Here's a new one.