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Weather Summary for Minnesota
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
400 AM CST Tue Jan 9 2018

There was quite a difference in temperatures across the state early
this morning. Where skies were clear and the arctic air mass
remained in the arrowhead, temperatures were in the single digits
below zero. Further to the south and southwest, there was more cloud
cover and southerly winds advected milder temperatures into the
area. Pre dawn temperatures from central to southern Minnesota were
in the 20s and lower 30s. There was almost a 40 degree difference in
air temperatures from the arrowhead of Minnesota, to the Buffalo
Ridge in west central Minnesota.  Light snow, mixed with sleet and
light rain occurred around midnight in west central Minnesota where
a weak disturbance moved overhead. This disturbance moved east
across eastern Minnesota during the pre dawn hours, but most of the
precipitation ended.

A potent winter storm is on the horizon as both snow, freezing rain,
sleet and plain old rain blankets the state by Wednesday night. By
Thursday, temperatures will have dropped nearly 50 degrees in some
parts of the state with areas of snow and blowing snow. There is a
winter storm watch in effect for most of the state for Wednesday
night and Thursday.

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