Light snow Friday; arctic cold on Friday evenings and weekends
We’re about to see a familiar winter streak: snow followed by gusts of wind and colder temperatures.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NAM) North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday:
Snow amounts are expected to be less than an inch in most areas that see flakes on Friday.
New Years Eve time
The time at 6 p.m. Friday will range from teens below zero in northwestern Minnesota to teens above zero in far southeastern Minnesota:
Temperatures in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will have dropped to single digits on Friday at 6 p.m. The time stamp is 7:00 p.m. EST or 6:00 p.m. CST.
As we welcome New Years Eve at midnight Friday night, temperatures will range from 20s below zero in northwestern Minnesota to below zero in the metro area and southeastern Minnesota:
Gusts of wind will give us very cold wind chills from Friday evening to Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for eastern Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin from Friday evening through Saturday morning, with a wind chill warning in parts of western Minnesota:
The wind chill warning in extreme southwestern Minnesota will continue until Saturday afternoon.
Here are the details of the wind chill advisory that includes the Twin Cities metropolitan area from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE Twin Cities National Weather Service / Chanhassen MN 248 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021 MNZ043> 045-049> 053-057> 063-065> 070-074> 078-082> 085-091> 093-WIZ014- 015-023-024-311100- /O.NEW.KMPX.WC.Y. 0011.220101T0000Z-220101T1800Z / Morrison-Mille Lacs-Kanabec-Stearns-Benton-Sherburne-Isanti- Chisago-Kandiyohi-Meeker-Wright-Hennepin-Anoka -Ramsey-Washington- Renville-McLeod-Sibley-Carver-Scott-Dakota-Brown- Nicollet- Le Sueur-Rice-Goodhue-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin- Faribault-Freeborn-Polk-Barron-St. Croix-Pierce – Including the towns of Little Falls, Princeton, Mora, St Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Elk River, Cambridge, Center City, Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord , Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Shakopee, Hastings, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, Faribault, Red Wing, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, Albert Lea, Osceola, Rice Lake, Hudson and River Falls 248 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021 … WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6:00 PM FRIDAY TO NOON CST SATURDAY … * WHAT … Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero. * O … Portions of west-central and west-central Wisconsin and central, east-central, south-central and southeastern Minnesota. * WHEN … From Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday noon CST. * IMPACTS … Dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY / PREPARATION ACTIONS … Be careful when traveling outdoors. Limit outdoor activities if possible. Wear appropriate clothing, hat and gloves.
And here are the details of the wind chill warning in western Minnesota, which begins Friday night:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE Twin Cities National Weather Service / Chanhassen MN 248 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021 MNZ041-042-047-048-054> 056-064-073-311100- /O.NEW.KMPX.WC.W.0003.220101 T0000Z-220101T1800Z / Douglas-Todd-Stevens-Pope-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa – Yellow Medicine-Redwood- Including the towns of Alexandria, Long Prairie, Morris, Glenwood, Madison, Benson, Montevideo, Granite Falls and Redwood Falls 2:00 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021 … WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6:00 PM FRIDAY TO NOON CST SATURDAY … * WHAT … Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 45 below zero. * O … Portions of central, southwestern, and midwestern Minnesota. * WHEN … From Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday noon CST. * IMPACTS … Dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY / PREPARATION ACTIONS … Avoid outdoor activities if possible. When outdoors, be sure to wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves. Be careful when traveling and have a winter survival kit in your luggage.
Wind chill warnings are in effect Thursday night through Saturday morning in northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, with wind chill advisories starting Friday night in north-central Minnesota:
Here are the details of the wind chill warning in Northwestern Minnesota:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE Grand Forks National Weather Service ND 308 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021 MNZ001> 005-007-008-013> 016-022-023-027> 031-040-NDZ006> 008-014> 016-024- 026> 030-038-039-049-052> 054-011800- / O.NEW.KFGF.WC.W.0003.211231T0000Z-220101T1800Z / West Polk-Norman-Clay-Kittson-Roseau-West Marshall-East Marshall- Pennington -Red Lake-East Polk-North Clearwater-Mahnomen- South Clearwater-West Becker -East Becker-Wilkin-West Otter Tail- East Otter Tail-Grant-Towner-Cavalier-Pembina-Benson-Ramsey- Eastern Walsh-Eddy-Nelson- Grand Forks-Griggs-Steele-Traill-Barnes- Cass-Ransom-Sargent- Richland-Western Walsh- Including the towns of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Ada, Twin Valley, Halstad, Moorhead, Hallock, Karlstad, Lancaster, Roseau, Warroad, Greenbush, Warren, Stephen, Argyle, Newfolden, Middle River, Grygla, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, Erskine, Bagley, Clearbrook, Mahnomen, Naytahwaush, Waubun, Alida, Ebro, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Lower Rice Lake e, Roy Lake, Upper Rice Lake, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, P erham, New York Mills, Parkers Prairie, Henning, Battle Lake, Elbow Lake, Hoffman, Ashby, Herman, Barrett, Cando, Langdon, Cavalier, Walhalla, Drayton, Pembina, Neche, St. Thomas, Fort Totten, Maddock, Leeds, Minnewaukan, Devils Lake, Grafton, Park River, New Rockford, Lakota, Mcville, Aneta, Tolna, Grand Forks, Cooperstown, Finley, Hope, Mayville, Hillsboro, Hatton, Portland, Valley City, Fargo, Lisbon, Enderlin, Gwinner, Milnor , Forman, Rutland, Wahpeton, Edinburg, Adams and Lankin 308 PM CST Thu December 30, 2021 … WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST SATURDAY … * WHAT … Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 55 below zero. * W … Portions of northwestern and midwestern Minnesota and northeastern and southeastern North Dakota. * WHEN … Until noon CST Saturday. * IMPACTS … Dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY / PREPARATION ACTIONS … Avoid outdoor activities if possible. If you are outdoors, be sure to wear appropriate winter clothing.
Northeastern Minnesota issued wind chill advisories Friday night through Saturday morning:
You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News Network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News Live Weather Blog.
Weekend highs and lows
Here is the low temperature forecast for Saturday:
Saturday’s forecast highs are all below zero:
Our Twin Cities average is 25 above zero on New Years Day. Our record for coldest Twin Cities on January 1 high the temperature was minus 12 in 1974.
Sunday morning lows are expected to be in the 20s below zero in many places:
There could even be a few 20 below zero Sunday morning around the outer edges of the Twin Cities metro area.
Sunday’s highs will be single digits above zero in many areas, with a few teens in southwest Minnesota:
Try to stay warm this weekend!
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