Bitter cold this morning; snow accumulates today and tonight

Temperatures fell to as cold as 34 below zero at International Falls, Minn., overnight, with a low of 32 below zero at Bemidji, Minn., 30 below zero at Brainerd, Minn.,  and 21 below zero at Hayward, Wis.  These temperatures were slightly colder than Monday morning’s arctic cold.

Yesterday’s low temperatures. Image:Midwest Regional Climate Center

The thermometer was a shivering 28 below zero at Hibbing, Minn., at 6 a.m. this morning. A wind  chill advisory remains in effect this morning for much of Minnesota.

Snow is increasing in coverage in the Dakotas as we approach sunrise.  Travel in eastern Minnesota should be okay through the morning hours.  Falling snow is expected to slicken roadways later today and into the evening. Travel with caution.

Screen capture radar at 6:30 a.m. Image:Wunderground.com

The broad area of snow is likely to leave behind an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches as it travels across Minnesota in the next 18 hours.

Image: Chanhassen National Weather Service

The Weather Prediction Center places the highest probability of at least 4 inches of snow with this system through west central Minnesota.

Proabilities of snowfall accumulating four inches or more in the next 18 hours. Image:NOAA

You can track the developing snowfall and the winter weather advisories at this link to the National Weather Service.

LaCrosse image

Brisk winds will likely result in some blowing and drifting snow through Christmas Day.

I probably over promised on high temperatures for Christmas as another shot of arctic air spills across the Canadian border early Christmas morning.

Forecast highs for Christmas from the National Weather Service

It is likely to remain rather cold on Thursday, but a push of milder air allows for some outdoor recreation on Friday through Saturday morning.  Another jolt of bitterly cold air arrives on Sunday.

Highs for Friday from the National Weather Service.