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Arctic blast continues across southeastern Minnesota

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Bitter cold arctic air continues to sink southward into our region from northern Canada today, making for a very cold, but somewhat tranquil Friday for us.

While our winds will be much lighter than the powerful westerly winds we dealt with on Thursday, they'll still be strong enough to keep wind chill indices in the teens below zero for much of the day. High temperatures, meanwhile, will be among the coldest of the season with many locations not even reaching double digits this afternoon.

The coldest temperatures of the season look to be ahead of us later tonight with most of the area expecting temperatures five to ten degrees below zero and wind chill indices around -20.

We'll have cold sunshine tomorrow with highs only in the single digits above zero, ahead of a storm system that will bring clouds and snow for Sunday. Right now, it appears we'll receive two to four inches of accumulation from that system, meaning it may be the largest snowfall event of the season to this point for most of us. Highs Sunday should be a little warmer, in the mid teens.

The unseasonably cold weather will linger into next week, however, with highs expected to be only in the single digits before a slight warming trend kicks in about a week from now.

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