How Cold?! Arctic Front Bringing Dangerously Cold Temps To Minnesota + Wisconsin
It's been a bitterly cold week across the Northland, but Old Man Winter is about to end the week by making conditions even worse as Friday is expected to bring the coldest night of the week.
The National Weather Service provided the chilly update Friday as they expect dangerously cold conditions to grip Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin beginning Thursday and lasting through Friday.
How cold, you ask? As of Thursday air temperatures as low as -35 were expected, with wind chills as low as -50. Not surprisingly, a Wind Chill Warning was issued for the Twin Ports, while a Wind Chill Advisory was issued for other parts of the Northland:
An arctic front will bring another plunge into dangerously cold temperatures beginning today, then continuing Thursday night into Friday morning. Actual temperatures of -15F to -35F are possible, with wind chills of -30F to -50F. A Wind Chill Advisory begins over NE MN today, changing to a Wind Chill Warning at 6 PM this evening. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect elsewhere for tonight.
Needless to say, no pets should be left outside under such conditions and it's a great idea to check on our neighbors. If you're dropping someone off, make sure they get into their residence safely and the door is shut behind them.
Later Friday morning, the National Weather Service focused on wind chills that would impact the Northland. According to their models, the Twin Ports would remain in a Wind Chill Advisory until 6:00 pm Thursday, then that would be changed to a Wind Chill Warning through noon Friday, February 3.
For reference, a Wind Chill Warning means dangerously cold wind chills are expected, dipping as low as 45 to 50 below zero. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills are expected, as low as 40 below zero.
The good news is that once this Arctic Front passes through, things will warm up into the weekend. Here is the extended forecast from the National Weather Service:
- Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
- Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 11. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
- Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
- Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 11. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
- Monday: A slight chance of snow after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a south wind of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.