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Weekend in the deep freeze; dangerous cold grips Minnesota

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We knew the bitter cold was coming, well its officially here. Extreme cold is setting in over much of Minnesota just days after the state was socked by a major winter storm.

Virtually all of Minnesota is covered by either a Wind Chill Warning or a Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service.

A large portion of western, northwestern and central Minnesota is included in the Wind Chill Warning. The weather service says that forecasted wind chills in that region will dip to between -35 to -45.

KARE 11 reports that the coldest wind chills will be near Alexandria up to around Bemidji where they could be -40 degrees or colder at times.

The wind won't be all that strong tonight, but with temperatures below zero it doesn't take much to create the brutal wind chills.

It won't be quite as bad over the rest of Minnesota, but still will be cold enough. Forecasters say the westerly winds will combine with below zero temperatures will drop the wind chill to -25 to -40.

The Duluth News Tribune reports dangerous wind chills will remain possible at times through the weekend.

The cold is a major bummer for St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Times reports that the city is canceling its Winter Nights and Lights Parade and Santa Fun Run, because of the dangerously cold temperatures predicted for Saturday.

The extended forecast brings in a shot at snow for Sunday, with the cold returning early next week.

Keep up to date with all of the forecast on our weather page at

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