A December warm spell is pushing temperatures above freezing across Minnesota, but it won’t last long.
The National Weather Service says temperatures rose to a spring-like 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the Twin Cities on Friday afternoon.Madison hit 45 while Aitkin, Montevideo and Faribault rose to 43.
But forecasters say arctic cold is coming with blizzard-like conditions expected from west-central into south-central Minnesota tonight (Saturday).
For the area around Hutchinson today, the forecast says there’s a slight chance of drizzle between 3pm and 4pm, then occasional snow, possibly mixed with drizzle. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 36, then it turns cold, with occasional snow tonight, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle, becoming all snow after 9pm with a low around -11. A strong north wind will bring wind chill values as low as -34.
On Sunday we’ll only see a high temperature of about -6, with wind chill values as low as -36.
It gets even colder Sunday Night with a low around -20 and wind chill values as low as -35.