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Arctic front retreating, temp moving upward across west central Minn.

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While a wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon across much of west central Minnesota, the temperature is starting to warm a bit.

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The Arctic polar vortex is retreating northward into Canada and the coldest air mass has shifted eastward, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Improving weather conditions are expected throughout today in west central Minnesota, with western counties experiencing the warming trend first.

A fresh high pressure will build over the upper Midwest tonight with temperatures falling again into the -10s and -20s. The forecast states winds will be light and variable, so excessive wind chills are not currently anticipated.

However, wind chill advisories may still be required overnight. A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and winds could combine to generate low wind chills, which could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above zero by Wednesday, into the teens by Thursday and near 30 by Friday.

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