MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The new year is greeting Minnesotans with a blast of arctic cold.

Early Tuesday morning, a wind chill warning was in effect for much of western and northern Minnesota. Some communities under the warning saw wind chills as low as 40 below. In such conditions, frostbite can set in on exposed skin in just 10 minutes.

By mid-morning, however, the wind chill warning was lifted. Still, much of the state remains under a wind chill advisory until noon.

The advisory area stretches from Marshall in the southwest to St. Cloud in central Minnesota and up into the arrowhead.

Residents in those communities could see wind chills as cold as 35 below zero. That’s cold enough for frostbite to set in on exposed skin in 30 minutes.

Looking ahead, the arctic air won’t linger in Minnesota long.

Temperatures will warm the rest of the week, and the weekend looks to bring sunshine and melting temperatures.

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