Expected Cold Blast is Almost Record Breaking

Expected Cold Blast is Almost Record Breaking Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

(KNSI) - The winter weather is in full swing, but the expected sub-zero temperatures are unusual this early in the season.

"Tuesday looks really bad. Negative one for a high which is rather unheard of for early December," said Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist for the Twin Cities National Weather Service.

The record lowest high temperature for early December was set in 1977 at -3 degrees.

"We're gonna get close to the record low high... but I don't know, that'd be a tough one to beat."

Tuesday's forecast is only two degrees short of breaking the record, but with the cold comes dangerous conditions.

"Frostbite could occur in as little as ten to thirty minutes... It doesn't take long for any exposed skin to have a high risk of getting frostbite."

Tuesday night is forecast to hit -16. Wednesday has a high of zero.

"Just make sure to dress warm, dress for the conditions if you're going to be outside, and keep a winter safety kit in your car."

Fortunately, the blast of cold shouldn't last too long.

"It's not going to stick around for a long time, but just a couple days here that it's going to be brutally cold."

A wind chill advisory is in effect for Monday night starting at 8 p.m. through Tuesday afternoon at noon.

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