Bitterly cold air on tap for today and into Wednesday
WILLMAR — West central Minnesota and much of Minnesota is looking at its second day of high temperatures below zero this week.
A wind chill warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect through noon today. Though the warning was set to expire, the National Weather Service said Monday afternoon that wind chills could remain at dangerous levels into Wednesday morning.
The weather service predicted wind chills of 35 below to 50 below through the night and 25 below to 35 below tonight and into Wednesday.
Tonight, a low near 10 below is predicted.
Area highways that were closed in blizzard conditions Sunday were reopened by Monday morning, but conditions on some roads were less than ideal.
Judy Jacobs, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said crews had been out all night Sunday and into the day on Monday.
“We’re trying to stay ahead of the blowing and drifting,” she said. “We’re advising motorists to slow down and use caution.”
County roads seemed to have either blown clear or blown shut in the blizzard, said Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson.
“Wherever there were drifts, they were rock hard,” he said. On some roads, drifts were higher than the roof of a car.
As weather allows, crews will go out with blowers to widen the cuts through the deep drifts and to push some of that deep snow back from the road, he said.
Some respite from the cold is predicted for Wednesday, when high temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20s before plummeting again. Some blowing snow is also expected.
Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits Wednesday night and Thursday, then dip below zero again Thursday night. Highs around 10 are expected Saturday and Sunday.
The cold weather from the Midwest will be spreading to the Northeast later in the week.