Temps drop below zero in metro area cold snap

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Grab your warm layers because Thursday in the metro is the coldest day of the season so far, according to Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow.

Barlow said the morning temperatures will fluctuate between eight and 15 degrees below zero. Barlow stated, with the wind chill, Thursday morning will feel about 25 to 35 degrees below zero.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning and a wind chill advisory for Thursday. According to the NWS, dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite in roughly 10 minutes.

Layers are crucial for those who must spend some of the day outside.

"I learned it in the Boy Scouts and it’s still true today: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices," J. Steve, who is a bike courier for Taco Cat, said. "Layer up, wear something that protects you from the wind a bit, and that wind chill will stop mattering."

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said they are also keeping an eye on cold weather as wind could kick up snow from the most recent storm on the sides of roads and highways, potentially decreasing visibility.

"Even areas where you see a little bit of snow coming, those areas might get slick again, so we’ve got crews on overnight making sure that those areas are monitored and doing what we can to reduce the slick spots for the commute," Anne Meyer, with MnDOT, said.

Barlow said the sun will be out Thursday and temperatures will slowly rise Friday afternoon. Looking ahead, Barlow said the weekend will see the return of temperatures in the 30s and a slight chance of snow is possible Saturday morning.

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