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Bitterly cold air invades for the midweek

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For the first time since Valentine's Day last week when we set a record low temperatures of -24 degrees in Rochester, we're finding ourselves dealing with bitterly cold temperatures in the area today. Winds won't be as raw and harsh as they were on Tuesday, but as temperatures themselves are quite a bit colder compared and wind chill levels will be slightly below zero throughout the afternoon. Bright sunshine today will help temperatures warm to the upper single digits to lower teens. High temperatures this afternoon will be the coldest of the week and a full 20 degrees colder than the seasonal average.

As strong high pressure from central Canada settles in tonight, look for a sharp drop off in temperatures. We'll be experiencing below zero temperatures by mid-evening and readings will be in the teens below zero in much of the area by sunrise Thursday. Wind chill levels will be in the -25 range late tonight.

After a bright and very cold Thursday that will feature high temperatures in the teens, warmer air will finally begin to blow into the area early Friday as south winds become rather gusty. Look for sunshine through the day Friday with those south winds reaching 30 miles per hour at times working to push temperatures into the lower 30s by late in the afternoon. Some blowing snow will be a side effect, but at least seasonable temperatures will return in time for the weekend!

We'll enjoy bright, mild sunshine for Saturday with occasional sunshine and clouds Sunday with high temperatures in the mid and upper 30s both days, several degrees above the seasonal average.

A storm system Monday will graze the area to the south Monday, bringing a slight chance of rain and snow showers to North Iowa with high temperatures in the mid-30s with another system moving in from the southwest next Tuesday, bringing a chance for some light snow that may hang around into Wednesday as well. Temperatures will dip from the lower 30s to the mid and upper 20s for the middle part of next week.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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