MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesotans bracing under Thursday’s blast of arctic air should get comfortable with the position. With wind chills expected to make it feel like 25 below zero in the Twin Cities, WCCO’s Chris Shaffer is predicting even colder temperatures next week.

But before the cold air arrives, residents in west-central Minnesota are still dealing with the aftermath of an overnight storm that brought 45 mph winds and whiteout conditions, making travel extremely hazardous.

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As the strong winds continued to sweep eastward, they ushered in a mass of cold air over Minnesota.

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While the strong winds are expected to die down Thursday night, air temperatures will continue to drop. Friday morning could bring temperatures in the negative double digits.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the state, as wind chill values are expected to be between 25 to 40 degrees below zero. The advisory remains in effect until lunchtime on Friday.

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The weekend will bring slight relief from the cold, as well as a chance of plowable snow Sunday night. However, next week looks to bring another (and even colder) blast of arctic air. By next Wednesday, air temperatures could drop to around 30 below zero, cold enough to cancel classes in some school districts.