Minnesotans can anticipate an arctic-like beginning to their Friday as forecasters predict a frigid start to the day.
The National Weather Service (NWS) of the Twin Cities has issued a warning for the morning hours, cautioning the populous to prepare for temperatures in the low teens, accompanied by winds measuring up to 20 mph. A wind chill warning has been issued, expected to bring temperatures down to as low as -25°F, prompting the NWS to advise individuals to dress in layers and cover exposed skin.
The intense cold is expected to be temporary, however, with a rapid temperature rise anticipated later in the day. By noon, temperatures are forecasted to reach the mid-30s, and by evening, should climb to the upper-30s.
The intense cold front is believed to be the result of an arctic jet stream originating in Canada, which is sweeping its way south and is expected to bring frigid temperatures to the Midwest region.
Minnesotans are advised to take caution while out and about on Friday, as the low temperatures may lead to hazardous road conditions, particularly in areas of the state where snowfall has been significant in the past weeks.
The NWS also cautions that prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause frostbite and hypothermia, advising individuals to check on their elderly neighbors, loved ones and pets.
While the morning hours may be chillier than usual, it appears Minnesotans can look forward to a warm-up in the afternoon.