Extreme -40 wind chills finish off the second week of 2018, but relief is on the way!
Wind chill values of -40 or colder persist in parts of the northern grainbelt late Friday morning, but should moderate slightly this afternoon.
Extreme wind chills of -40 or colder will redevelop Friday night in most areas except in the southwest where a slightly milder airmass is working its way in.
-43 is what it felt like with wind chill to start the day as temperatures plummeted down to -34 degrees under clear skies and an arctic high pressure system.
Extreme cold conditions remained in place through the morning as sunshine continued and we managed to warm into the mid -20s by noon.
Wind chills will remain in the -30s as the mercury rises up into the mid -20s for an afternoon high as pure blue skies and sunshine stick around for the rest of the day.
Clear skies tonight will allow us to cool back into the -30s with wind chills around -40 overnight before we start to warm up slightly overnight as the arctic high slides off to the southeast.
By morning, temperatures are expected to have risen up to around -28 degrees with wind chills around or just about -40 to start, but clouds and a milder push of air will help moderate conditions during the day.
During the afternoon we should climb all the way up to a daytime high in the mid-minus teens with wind chills rising into the mid -20s, and those values should hold into the evening as cloud cover lingers.
Another arctic high will push out the clouds early Sunday and bring in a slight chance of early morning flurries as the cold air displaces the milder air.
Temperatures will fall from the minus teens overnight into the -20s during the day as sunshine kicks back in and then back toward the -30s in the evening under clear skies.
Work Week Outlook
The arctic air will stick around on Monday, pushing us back into the -30s with extreme cold -40 wind chills possible in the morning before an upper ridge builds back in the heat during the week.
Relief will move back in mid-week thanks to a building upper ridge that’ll help daytime highs spring back up into minus single digits as clouds roll back in.
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