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Cold wave will cut through MN, lake snow will linger for WI and the U.P.

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in place for the South Shore and U.P. until noon Thursday. That zone could get 3-6" snow. WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect through Thursday morning. Wind Chill Factor readings will be in the -40 range.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Arctic high pressure will settle in to clear the sky and make things bitterly cold in Minnesota. It will also aid a departing low pressure system in making for more lake effect snow on the South Shore. 3-6" of snow is possible there through Thursday morning. MN low temps will be -15 to -30. WI and U.P. low temps will be -5 to -20. The wind will be N 10-20 mph.

THURSDAY: We'll see plenty of sunshine as the high slides south and the lake effect snow for the South Shore should wrap up before noon. High temps will run -3 to +3. The wind will be NW 5-15 mph.

SNOW TOTALS: Snow expectations have been dropped since yesterday and most areas should only get a trace to an inch. Heavier totals can be expected for the U.P. and Snowbelt, where 4-8" will fall.

FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND:  Friday will be mostly sunny with low -15 and high 12. Saturday will be cloudy with 30% flurry chance and low 9 with high 29. Sunday will be partly cloudy with low 3 and high 18.

NEXT WEEK: Monday to Wednesday should have highs near 20a nd lows around 8. Best snow chance will be a 50% shot at an inch or two on Monday.

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 8-14 TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Milder weather is on the way and looks to stay that way. The CPC Outlook runs from February 19 through February 25.

Dave Anderson

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