Bitter cold settles in Valley
NWS warns of dangerous wind chills today, tonight
Most of Minnesota, including the St. Croix Valley, is under a wind chill warning until noon today and a wind chill advisory from noon until 9 a.m. Tuesday as an Arctic air mass settled over the region.
Meteorologists at the National Weather office in Chanhassen said said the cold air combined with winds of 10 to 15 mph would result in daytime wind chill readings of minus 25 to minus 40 across central and southern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin.
NWS weather forecasters added that the bitter cold wind chill readings will continue tonight.
“Another cold night is anticipated tonight with lows of 10 below to 25 below,” said an NWS statement. ” Winds will be slightly lighters but still strong enough to create wind chills between 35 below and 40 below across southern and eastern Minnesota into western Wisconsin into Tuesday morning.”
NWS forecasters urged anyone venturing outside today, tonight and Tuesday to dress appropriately for the forecast wind chills.
“This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia and death if precautions are not taken,” according to the NWS.
The Arctic front that brought the cold air and bitter wind chills moved through the region Saturday afternoon, dropping temperatures from near 40 to the teens in a few hours and bringing gusty northwest winds.
“These winds are also bringing about a sharp drop in temperatures,” forecasters said. “This will create wind chills tonight between 20 and 30 degrees below zero across central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin.”
After a cold end to the weekend Sunday, today will see a high of 3 below in the Valley with sunny skies. Tonight will see the coldest air of the season with lows falling to 15 below and wind chills of 26 below to 31 below.
The bitter cold continues Tuesday with a high near 0 under sunny skies, and wind chill readings of 21 below to 31 below. Tuesday night will be cloudy and not as cold with a low near 3 below and scattered flurries.
Wednesday will see a slight warm-up with highs reaching 10 under partly sunny skies. The rest of the week will see highs in the teens and lows around 0. Temperatures are expected to warm up slightly into the upper 20s late this weekend.