MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A number of Minnesota schools sent children home early as a blast of frigid winter wind chills moved into the state.
An Alberta clipper system is pushing strong winds from the northwest, causing reduced visibilities on the roads due to blowing snow.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most of the western edge of the state, extending as far east as Fairbault and Blue Earth counties in the south.
The NWS reported hazardous driving conditions. At one point Friday morning, Interstate 90 was closed near Luverne due to a jackknifed trailer.
Wind gusts in the Twin Cities were reaching upwards of 30 miles per hour.
With current temperatures in the teens if not single digits, this is causing a potentially dangerous wind chill factor across much of the state, well into the negative degrees.
The winds will eventually die down going into the weekend, but plunging temperatures will make up the difference. Overnight lows this weekend should dip into the negative double digits.
There are likely to be patchy flurries on Friday, but no significant snow is expected on Saturday or Sunday. Just cold sun.
However, there might be some snow activity once again coming early next week.
WCCO-TV’s Mike Augustyniak Reports