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Arctic blast grips all of Minnesota

Feb 12, 2020 07:11AM ● By Editor
Photo:  MPR News 

By Nichole Miller of Minnesota Public Radio News - February 13, 2020

The entire state is seeing dangerous cold Thursday, with some morning wind chills of minus 40 or below. Some schools, like in the Anoka-Hennepin district, are closed while others, including in Minneapolis and St. Paul, remain open.

Thursday’s forecast

All of Minnesota is starting off Thursday morning in either a wind chill advisory or wind chill warning. 

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Thursday morning wind chill warnings and advisories Image: National Weather Service 

Much of the state is seeing morning wind chills of at least minus 30 at times, and some areas in northern and western Minnesota feeling like minus 40 or colder. Here are some of the wind chills reported around the Arrowhead from just before 6 a.m.: 

And, this compares some temperatures to wind chills for other parts of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, around 5 a.m.: 

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5 a.m.Thursday temperatures and wind chills Graphic: National Weather Service 

Exposed skin can get frostbite in mere minutes in this sort of cold, so be very careful outside.
Thanks to plentiful sunshine Thursday, all of Minnesota will warm up 10 to 20 degrees through the day. However, since the state is starting the as chilly as 25 below for some spots, that means afternoon highs will still mostly be below zero. 

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Thursday high temperatures Graphic: National Weather Service 

Winds will also lessen by afternoon, but the wind chill will still make the majority of the state feel like 10 to 20 below. 

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Thursday afternoon wind chills  Graphic: National Weather Service 

Friday will also start off brutally cold before temperatures start to recover for the weekend. The extended forecast will be posted around 9 a.m.

To read the original article and see related weather reporting, follow this s link to the MPR News website.
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