It's back. That nasty, biting wind chill is back. The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind chill warning for the Brainerd lakes area. Dangerous wind chills were expected Saturday night and Sunday morning with temperatures dropping behind a strong cold front moving through the area.
Saturday's mild morning temperatures that were in the 20s at 9 a.m. were expected to plummet to a few degrees below zero by 5 p.m. and come with a wind chill of 30 below.
A United Parcel Service truck drove through the snow Saturday morning south of Brainerd on Highway 371. Visibility was about a half-mile in the Brainerd lakes area. Dangerous wind chills were forecast for the weekend.» Purchase reprints of this photo.
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As is often the case, the air temperature will not be as daunting as the bitter wind. The NWS reported wind gusts may reach 40 mph. Wind chills of 40 to 50 degrees below are possible. The NWS said this temperature will freeze exposed skin in less than 10 minutes.
The light snow that was falling Saturday morning wasn't expected to add up to more than an inch. But the wind could make the fresh snow a visibility issue for drivers.
No relief is expected Sunday with a forecasted high for the day of 6 below and a wind chill of 46 below. The northwest wind could have gusts of 20 mph. Sunday night's low is expected to drop to 13 below.
Temperatures will moderate a bit for the coming week. Monday's high could reach 12 degrees on a mostly cloudy day while Tuesday should provide sunshine and a high near 18. By Wednesday, temperatures should climb back above 20 degrees - if just barely. A trend that should continue through the rest of the week.
With the wind chill warning, the NWS advised residents to monitor forecasts updates through the weekend and plan for cold conditions with wind that will affect both people and pets.
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