The polar freezer door has been left open and we are experiencing some extremely cold temperatures. My car thermometer said -12 when I got to the station on Saturday. Combined with a bit of wind that puts the wind chills in the -35 category resulting in a Wind Chill Advisory for the immediate area and most of eastern Minnesota with areas to the west and north in a Wind Chill Warning.

Wind chill values will range from 20 to 30 below zero during the day and 30 to 40 below zero overnight. Given the prolonged period of cold and windy weather, the wind chill warning and advisory have been extended through Monday morning. Cover exposed skin and dress in layers when outside during these kind of conditions. If traveling, make sure you have warm clothes in your car and that someone knows your travel plans.

The Wind Chill Warning is in effect for areas west of a line from Mora, to Buffalo, Mankato, and Blue Earth Minnesota. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for areas east of this line which includes the Twin Cities Metro area and west central Wisconsin. including, Mora, Cambridge, Center City, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Chaska, Shakopee,
Hastings, Le Sueur, Faribault, Red Wing, Waseca, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Osceola, Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire.

The Wind Chill warning area is the dark blue, the advisory area is light blue. This from the National Weather Service.


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