Wind chill values well below freezing expected for the Twins Home Opener

We might break the record for coldest opener in Twins history.
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The red-hot Minnesota Twins will come home to well below average temperatures for Thursday's Home Opener against the Seattle Mariners, and it might be record-setting cold. 

Minneapolis' current forecast high for Thursday is 35 degrees, which is just one degree warmer than the coldest Home Opener in Twins history. 

"It'll likely be the coldest opener ever in Minnesota, including games back at the Met," Twins meteorologist Mace Michaels told BMTN. "If you're headed to the game, dress for a football game in November or early December. We might hit 35 but the wind will make it feel much colder. I'm just glad it's not snowing!"

Michaels expects the "feels like" temperature during the game to be in the teens and 20s. 

Latest sub-zero day in Minnesota history?

According to the National Weather Service Twin Cities, wind chill values Thursday evening through Friday morning could make it feel like -20 degrees outside. 

Aside from the wind chill, natural air temps could drop below zero overnight into Friday morning, and if it does it'll break the record for latest below zero day in Minnesota history. The current record was set March 31, 1969. 

If it does happen, it's likely to happen outside of the metro area, NWS meteorologist Todd Krause tells BMTN. 

According to the Minnesota DNR, the Twins have only played in sub-40-degree weather during a Home Opener twice, once on April 14, 1962 when it was 34 degrees and again in 2013 when it was 36 degrees on April 1.

Minnesota isn't the only team in the league dealing with wintry weather to begin the season. The New York Yankees had to postpone its Home Opener on Monday due to snow. 

We've reached out to the Twins regarding any postponement possibility and had not heard back at the time this story was published. 

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