Originally published on Dec. 5, 2021. Click here for latest weather stories.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The WCCO Weather Watcher is blue, as we are expecting the coldest temperatures of the season Monday.
Meteorologist Lisa Meadows says a flash freeze is possible overnight, which means any melting that happened Sunday could turn to ice, with icy morning and evening commutes possible Monday.
Temperatures will plummet throughout Minnesota Sunday night. Monday’s high will only reach 17 degrees in the metro, and the 9-degree low will actually feel closer to minus-7. There will below-zero lows in much of the north-central and northwestern parts of the state, but it will actually feel anywhere between minus-14 and minus-26.
This weekend’s storm dropped a lot of snow in parts of northern Minnesota. Chisholm got a whopping 15 inches of accumulation, while Brainerd saw 7 inches. The St. Cloud area got just under 4 inches, while the Twin Cities barely got more than an inch.
A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Monday in the northern third of the state, with 4-6 inches of more snow possible. A wind advisory is in effect for most of the state until 7 a.m. Monday, with gusts up to 45 mph possible that could lead to blowing snow.
And there are two blizzard warnings in effect through early Monday morning on opposite sides of the state. One is on the northeast part of the Arrowhead along the North Shore due to lake-effect snow and blowing winds. The other is along Interstate 94 between Grand Forks and Fargo, where winds could cause white-out conditions.
Chilly temperatures will stick around through Thursday, when highs will return to the 30s and even low 40s. There will be more snow chances on Tuesday and Friday.