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WINTER WEATHER: Coldest night of season?

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A winter weather advisory will be in place through Tuesday night as cold weather fell over much of Minnesota on Monday night.


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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Temperatures in the metro could dip as low as -14 on Monday night, setting a new milestone for cold this winter season. Previously, the coldest temperature registered was -11 on Dec. 11.

Bitterly cold wind chills will be particularly hazardous across the state, with chills of -30 possible in the metro and -45 in the central and western portions of the state.

Blowing snow could also be a hazard on the roads for holiday travelers beginning mid-day on Tuesday as winds pick up from the southwest.

TIMELINE

Tuesday morning: Extreme cold under mostly cloudy skies with dangerous wind chills reaching -30 in the metro and -45 in more than a dozen counties.

Tuesday afternoon: Moderate snowfall will begin around noon and continue into the early evening. Approximately 2 to 4 inches is expected across much of the metro, especially north of Interstate 94.

Tuesday night: Snow will taper in the evening toward midnight, but blowing snow will likely continue as southwest winds between 15 and 25 mph persist.

FROSTBITE COULD SET IN FAST

In severe cold, hypothermia from prolonged exposure isn't the only risk people face when they go outdoors. Frostbite is an extremely painful condition that only takes 10 to 15 minutes to set in when temperatures are below zero.

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Extremities, especially fingers and toes, are most susceptible. Loss of feeling, tingling and pain are early indicators, and anyone experiencing those symptoms is urged to warm up as soon as possible.

If the affected area doesn't pink up or feel warm, it's best to see a doctor. The window for frostbite treatment is short -- roughly 6 hours. Doctors can prevent permanent tissue damage by thawing the area and administering clot-busting medicines.

If the affected area turns black or begins to blister, emergency care is imperative; however at that point, physicians may be unable to avoid amputations or tissue loss.

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