December 27, 2017 07:38 AM
It was a frigid start to Wednesday, with temperatures of -7 degrees in Minneapolis and -9 degrees in St. Paul by 6 a.m., according to KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow.
Meanwhile, some cities outside the metro area experienced even colder air, with Princeton and Cambridge reporting -20 and -17 degrees by 6 a.m., respectively.
A wind chill advisory remained in effect Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service reported dangerously low wind chills, as low as 30 degrees below zero, were expected for much of central Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The Minnesota counties affected included: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine.
The NWS reports wind chills near, and colder than, -25 can cause frostbite in as little as 15 minutes.
Those who venture outside in that kind of cold air are advised to dress in layers and cover exposed skin.
Looking ahead, Barlow said 1 to 4 inches of snow could fall Thursday morning, which could cause a slower morning commute.
Barlow also said another blast of arctic air is expected Friday and this weekend.
Updated: December 27, 2017 07:38 AM
Created: December 27, 2017 06:03 AM
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