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Residents of Twin Cities Bracing for Cold Weather

By On January 21, 2013 Under Uncategorized

Old Man Winter is poised to bite residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities area. While people living in the state of Minnesota are no strangers to cold weather, it’s been three years since the southern portion of the state including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have seen temperatures not reaching above 0 for daytime highs.

This past week was a busy one for southern Minnesota plumbers as many calls came in about frozen pipes. Now is the time of the year to remind people that they should leave their faucets dripping overnight and to insulate pipes to prevent freezups. Some of the people who needed professional help in unfreezing their pipes had left their homes unattended and returned in a few days to find frozen pipes.

The average mid-January day in Minnesota is very pleasant with blue skies and temperatures around 25 to 30 degrees. However, weather officials are telling Minnesotans to be ready for some extreme cold as an arctic cold front is moving into their state. The blast of frigid cold air is being accompanied by strong winds of between 40 and 55 miles pre hour which will create wind chills of -20 to -30 in most of Minnesota as well as western Wisconsin. Now that’s cold!

While the winds will calm down a bit after the weekend, the cold weather is sticking around. The high Sunday in the Twin Cities area will be around 0 and the lows Monday and Tuesday will be around -6 with wind chills being up to -40 below zero. Travelers are being warned to proceed with extreme caution as roadway visibility is dramatically reduced when it’s that windy, plus freezing cold temperatures can cause problems with vehicles.

On Friday, Twin Cities residents enjoyed spring-like weather as temperatures during the day wear around 40 degrees. But when it’s time for everyone to return to work on Monday, they’ll need to be wearing a lot more clothing as the mercury levels won’t even climb to the 0 mark on thermometers. The arctic cold front that’s responsible for the frigid weather will begin building in the region Sunday to push Sunday’s, Monday’s and Tuesday’s temperatures way below what’s normal.

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