Mild Wednesday, but snow, bitter cold headed toward Twin Cities in coming days

Wednesday will be rather mild, but some snow and dropping temperatures are expected to move in fast starting on Thursday, according to Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow.

There will be a high of 34 Wednesday with mostly cloudy skies. A mix of rain and snow is forecast for later at night as the temperature hovers around the freezing point, a combination that could make for a slick commute Thursday morning, Barlow said.

Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for a handful of counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, lasting from 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday.

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A total of 1 to 3 inches of snow is projected for Thursday as temperatures plummet from a high of 32 to the teens by the afternoon. Then, some wind gusts could pick up the snow, decreasing visibility.

Over the weekend, the coldest air we’ve experienced since 2019 will move into the area, Barlow said.

It starts on Friday, when we can expect a high of 10 and a low of minus 13 with wind chills between minus 5 and minus 15 all day. Saturday and Sunday will be even colder, with wind chills consistently in the negatives. The wind chill could get down to minus 30 early Sunday morning. The high temperature is forecast to remain below zero degrees on Sunday.

Cold weather is expected to extend into next week as well.

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