The coldest air of the season is here to greet us on this first day of December.
There's a wind chill advisory in effect for most of Minnesota and the upper Midwest until the late morning. The National Weather Service warns with the wind chill this cold people could get frostbite within 30 minutes if they aren't dressed properly.
Afternoon temperatures are going to limp into the single digits across much of the region. Wind chill values will remain at or below zero even through the "warmest" part of the day.
The subzero "feels like" temperature could cause some problems on Minnesota roads, KSTP notes.
"When temperatures get down around zero or below, exhaust from slow-moving traffic can cause black ice to form. We might get to that point Monday morning," KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl said.
A slow but steady warm up is expected starting Tuesday. Winds will switch around to the south Monday night bringing in some warmer air. Look for highs in the middle 20s Tuesday afternoon in the Twin Cities. However, it's going to be breezy – south winds at 10 to 15 mph.
That mercury continues to rise thereafter. Expect temps to rise into the 30s by Friday with middle to upper 30s possible this weekend.
Besides a few flurries Tuesday, little to no snow is expected this week.
Bigger warm up ahead?
Long-range models continue to hint at a major thaw starting the week of Dec. 8.
A huge ridge of high pressure will build over the midsection of the country. This could allow temperatures to soar into the 40s, which would take a big hit to the area's snowpack.
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