POLAR PLUNGE: Snow, wind, cold on the way

METEOROLOGIST STEVE FRAZIER @FRAZIERFOX9
METEOROLOGIST STEVE FRAZIER @FRAZIERFOX9

Get ready for a big change in this weather this weekend. Saturday will start off mild and then turn wild. Sunday will be downright brutal as Saturday's mess gets blown around in some sub-zero temperatures. This "Polar Plunge" will be the result of two systems, an "Alberta Clipper" and the "Southwest Low" that brought snow to the Vegas strip. In the metro, we will be torn between the two systems.

As far as the snow goes, Mr. Clipper will be quite the snow maker, except not for Central Minnesota. Intense snow will straddle the Canadian border Saturday but will not make it into our neck of the woods. You may be asking if the "Southwest Low" will bring us snow, well, its too far to our southeast to do much for us in the snow department, but it will funnel in the cold air when it strengthens off to our East.

Now for the mess! A few inches of freshly fallen fluffy snow sounds nice, right? Well, here is the problem. On Sunday, strong Northwest winds of up to 35 mph, will blow that snow around, reducing visibilities and making for some near blizzard like conditions. Then, some sub-zero temperatures, combined with those brutal winds, will make for dangerous wind chills to end the weekend.


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