Wind, Cold in Twin Cities Tuesday

December 05, 2017 12:34 PM

What a difference a day makes.

One day after reaching a record high of 57 degrees, residents of the Twin Cities metro area woke up to a full dose of winter Tuesday, which will continue throughout the day.


KSTP's Ken Barlow says the high Tuesday is expected to reach 20 degrees with a wind chill of near zero all day. The cold will be accompanied by windy conditions and a few flurries.

Overnight, Barlow's forecast calls for a low of around 12.

Temperatures plunged overnight Monday. The National Weather Service recorded a 37-degree negative temperature swing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area over a 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday morning.

The dip in temperatures also came with snow.

A total of 2.1 inches had been recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by midnight Tuesday. The National Weather Service recorded 2.4 inches at its office in Chanhassen.

That snow came on top of rain, which meant commuters woke up to icy road conditions that snarled rush hour traffic.

Meanwhile, Thief River Falls in northeastern Minnesota recorded 8.5 inches of snow by 8:34 a.m. Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says blowing snow and whiteout conditions made travel treacherous. The Minnesota State Patrol says it responded to 410 crashes statewide, including one on Highway 12 near Benson Monday that killed an 87-year-old woman and 36 others that resulted in injuries.

There were also 515 reports of vehicles spinning out or leaving the road.

In North Dakota, officials advised against traveling in south central and northeastern areas of the state. In South Dakota, the storm dropped about 4 inches of snow in some areas. Transportation officials warned travelers to stay off Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls.

Looking ahead to Wednesday, Barlow's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of again only 20 and a low of only seven.

In other words, welcome to winter Twin Cities.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


Frank Rajkowski

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