It appears Minnesota is headed into another deep freeze.
Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay said, “They are painting a picture of colder than normal temperatures and above normal precip which would mean bouts of snowfall.”
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Thursday night for the area, including the cities of St James, Mankato, Fairmont, and Blue Earth.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says snowfall accumulations of four to six inches are likely with isolated amounts around seven inches. Meteorologists say freezing drizzle is also expected Wednesday night, with up to one-tenth of an inch of accumulation possible.
In addition, forecasters are predicting winds gusting as high as 40 m.p.h., and say areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The dangerously cold wind chills as low as 35 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.
The weather service said that the hazardous conditions could impact both the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes.
Boulay added that the month of January will go down in the record books as mixed. He said last month’s weather was like a two-for-one. The first part of the month brought mild conditions in the ’40s and then, of course, the polar vortex.
“If you would have asked me at the beginning of the month when we were in the middle of that warm spell, how will January finish? I’d say well it would be above normal., he said, “Then the last week of January happened and we got as cold as to how warm it was. Maybe even a little bit more.”