We've seen that scary, horizontal line in front of the temperature number all too often this winter. At least 45 Minnesota climate stations reported low temperatures -20°F or colder in the past few days. No shortage of beadcicles and snotcicles on faces of brave cyclists across Minnesota this winter!
The coldest of the cold looks to be behind us. Sure, a few sharp cold fronts will bring in a puff of cold air once in a while, but not the sustained subzero wind chill values like last week. In fact, models suggest that we may not see any more arctic air through the rest of January!
Tuesday morning of this week will be the coldest yet this winter with wind chill readings as low as -30 degrees in the metro. If it makes you feel any better, the lowest wind chill ever found in Minnesota between 1905-2014 was -63°F on January 22, 1936.
The National Weather Service issued a handful of Wind Chill Advisories/Warnings as wind chill plummeted to -40° in northern Minnesota. Right now, central Minnesota is second to North Dakota for the most Wind Chill Advisories/Warnings issued this season.
But we all know that the cold is relative. What feels cold in Kentucky is different from Minnesota. For example, the criteria for issuing a Wind Chill Advisory is -10°F in Kentucky vs. -25°F in the Twin Cities.
Luckily, racers on Saturday won't be battling dangerously low wind chills. The arctic air finally eases its grip on the area as a subtle shift in the upper level wind takes place. High temperatures from Friday through the weekend will be in the 30s, above normal! Anything close to freezing will feel like a Minnesota mid-winter heat wave!
Saturday - Get Phat with Pat Race #1
9AM: Partly cloudy. 23° Wind chill: 15°
10AM: Warm southerly breeze. 25° Wind chill: 15°
Noon: Warming up. 33° Wind: W 10
1PM: Slushy snow in the sun. 35° Wind: W 10
Take Home Message: Aside from a dusting of snow Tuesday night, no significant snow accumulation is expected leading up to race day. A gradual thaw with temps hitting freezing by Saturday. Snow could become slushy in those favored areas with full sun.