Winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest are making another trip to the deep freeze as the week begins. Temperatures will be low enough to qualify as dangerous but as of Sunday there were no school closings to report in anticipation of the next blast of bitterness in the region.
The St Cloud Times reports that a wind chill advisory is in effect for Central Minnesota through early Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Windy conditions coupled with subzero temperatures could cause wind chill values to dip as low as minus 40, according to the weather service. Monday’s high is expected to be a solitary one degree, with the low put at minus 18.
WDAY in Fargo-Moorhead says the Red River Valley will also see another very cold night, with lows in the teens below zero.
KARE 11 meteorologists warn that Twin Cities residents will wake up to temperatures in the teens below zero both Monday and Tuesday. Wind chills could lead to temperatures that feel as low as 40 below. Monday's highs will struggle to reach 0° in the afternoon.
The station adds that temperatures are expected to moderate midweek. As soon as it warms a bit, a chance of snow will move in on Wednesday. Yep.
MPR News found the cloud in the silver lining of warmer temperatures expected later in the week. Their report notes that that the frigid temperatures make it too cold for ice dams, but when temperatures ease into the 20s as expected midweek, melting will likely cause water backups behind ice dams. Steve Kuhl, owner of a Hopkins ice dam removal company, said it's been a big problem this season.
"I would say in the past 25 years that I've been doing this, it ranks number two behind 2010 which was, as you might remember, a pretty epic ice dam season," he said.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service advises that ice dam removal should be left to professionals, warning that homeowners can put themselves in danger on icy roofs and if they don't do the work properly, they can damage their roofs.