Snow today, then another polar vortex arrives, wind chill warning starts at 9 p.m.
WILLMAR — Another strong cold front, a polar vortex pushing cold air into the Midwest, will create wind chills from 25 to 40 below tonight and into Tuesday.
There will also be 1 to 3 inches of snow falling today in the region before the cold weather surges in this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning from 9 p.m. through noon Tuesday for west central Minnesota, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Swift, Chippewa, Pope and Stearns counties.
There is also a wind chill advisory for all of Minnesota and Wisconsin, much of North Dakota and portions of eastern South Dakota, northern Iowa, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northwestern Illinois for the same 9 p.m. to noon timeframe.
The wind chills are expected to drop to 30 below in the advisory area.
According to AccuWeather, the freezing temperatures could reach as far south as northern Florida, but the core of the cold will impact the Midwest and the Northeast.
The National Weather Service forecast for Willmar includes a high temperature of 25 for today, with patchy blowing snow and temperatures falling to around 3 degrees by 5 p.m.
The total snowfall today is expected to be 1 to 3 inches.
Tonight’s forecast includes a low of 22 below with wind chills to 36 below, pushed by 10 to 15 mph northwest wind.
Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be 3 degrees with wind chills to 38 below.
The high temperature is expected to be 4 degrees on Wednesday, with blustery wind and negative 1 on Thursday, before a high of 27 on Friday.