Tuesday Offers Brief Respite from Deep Freeze

January 01, 2018 10:38 PM

For the first time since last week, Minnesotans on Tuesday can go outdoors with exposed skin without fearing imminent frostbite. 

Yes, a one-day warmup, if one can call it that, is in the cards as most of the workforce returns to their jobs for the first time in 2018.

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KSTP Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell says temperatures could reach the teens above zero in the Twin Cities Tuesday before Wednesday delivers a snap back to a frigid reality. There's also a chance for flurries Tuesday evening, Mitchell said. 

In the meantime, the wind will still maintain a presence.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory covering most of the state until 10 a.m. Tuesday. Wind chill values could reach 25 below to 35 below zero during that time.

Sun and cold temps will be the rule for the rest of the week before temperatures creep back to near average on Sunday, when the high is forecasted to be 26. 

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Tuesday's morning commute should be free of precipitation, but as has been the case during the recent cold snap, state transportation officials say drivers should be aware of refreeze on Twin Cities roadways. 

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