Dangerously cold Thursday morning shifts to rising temperatures

The extreme cold has not left Minnesota quite yet.

Minnesotans will again wake up to dangerously cold temperatures on Thursday morning. In the Twin Cities metro area, it will be minus 30 degrees with a wind chill near 40 degrees below zero. 

Luckily, those numbers will rise and by the afternoon, it will be 5 degrees below zero, where the temperature will stay the rest of the day.

This rise is a hint of what's expected to come this weekend. Sunday, there's an expected high of 39 degrees, making a swing of nearly 70 degrees in just four days.

Most schools around the state are closed Thursday, but many in the metro are planning to reopen Friday. A full list of school closings can be fuond at fox9.com/closings

Xcel Energy is asking all its customers in Minnesota to reduce their thermostats to 63 degrees through Thursday to prevent more natural gas outages. On Wednesday, more than 150 homes in the Princeton area were without heat after the company pinched their natural gas service to keep other customers in the area online. 

Emergency warming shelters will remain open Thursday for those who do not have adequate protection from the elements. For a list of Hennepin County warming shelters, click here.

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in downtown Minneapolis will be open 24 hours a day for anyone who needs protection from the elements. Salvation Army locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park and Maplewood will be available as warming centers weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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