**A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is valid from 6 PM tonight until 8 AM Saturday morning for much of the area. Temperatures will be in the teens below, feeling as cold as -25° to -30° factoring in the wind chill.**
The next few days will feature unseasonable cold, but it will be dry. Arctic high pressure will build south from Canada, bringing a good amount of sunshine today, but the difference in pressure between the high and departing trough will usher in stronger northwest winds. They may gust as high as 25 mph, and with temperatures only in the single digits, it's going to be bone chilling cold! Tonight will be some of the coldest air we have seen this year under a mostly clear sky. Lows will be falling into the teens below zero and with the winds, it will feel as cold as -25° to -30°. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect this evening through early Saturday due to the dangerously cold wind chills.
Plenty of outside activities on the agenda for the weekend and as long as you are dressed appropriately (in many warm layers) we should not have any major issues. The high settles over the area on Saturday, thankfully with lighter winds but it will still be quite cold. Despite abundant sunshine, highs will again only be in the single digits. This will mean especially "polar-like" conditions for the Polar Plunge in Menomonie.
The second half of the weekend will bring changes. Sunday is Valentine's Day, and low pressure and a front will be arriving from the west. There is still some uncertainty as to how much moisture this system will have and its track, but we will likely see some snow from this system. The snow looks to arrive by early morning and will carry through at least part, if not much of the day. Total accumulations at this point look pretty light .. perhaps up to a few inches. Highs will be in the teens. This system will then exit at night, while the upper pattern begins to shift to a milder flow. A few additional weak systems then may work into the region during the first half of next week. This would keep at least small chances for additional snow in the forecast Monday and Tuesday. During this time, temperatures will continue to rise, and we look to see highs closer to freezing again.
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