Jan 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - An Extreme Cold Warning for the region was set to begin early Thursday as the first real blast of Arctic weather to roll through central Minnesota this winter was expected to plunge temperatures and wind chill values well below freezing, according to the National Weather Service.
The Extreme Cold Warning was expected to run from midnight Wednesday night until noon Thursday, NWS reported.
Strong northwest winds of 25 to 30 mph with higher gusts were set to start moving into the region late Wednesday, driving wind chill values down between 30 and 35 below zero by early Thursday.
EXTREME COLD WARNING: Read the National Weather Service warning for frigid conditions expected for central Minnesota Wednesday night; 1/18/12
AUDIO: St. Cloud State meteorologist Bob Weisman talks freezing temperatures ahead on KNSI's "Hot Talk with the Ox" Wednesday; 1/18/12
The warning covers an area northwest of a line from Redwood Falls to Elk River to Cambridge.
"Not only might this be the coldest air that we've seen so far this year, but some of the people who believe in long range forecasts believe it might be the coldest air we have all winter," St. Cloud State meteorologist Bob Weisman said.
Weisman said winds should start dying down late Thursday, but overnight temperatures into Friday morning were expected to again sink below zero.
FORECAST: Follow Bob Weisman's daily forecast through his St. Cloud State weather page
"We have to put up with that really cold stuff for about 36 hours," Weisman said.
Temperatures should rebound Friday, leading to highs around 20 degrees Saturday and around 30 degrees Sunday.