A Winter Weather Advisory in the greater metro and Blizzard Warning for the far west metro area will continue through Sunday night -- but even though those weather alerts will expire, a Wind Chill Warning will remain in effect for the greater metro through noon on Tuesday.
Although accumulating snow was mostly over by Sunday morning, winds continued to toss flakes from rooftops and across roads. The quick and drastic increase in wind speeds midday saw gusts to 45 mph on Sunday afternoon in the metro, and gusts of 60 mph possible across much of western and southern Minnesota.
The combination of wind and blowing snow made travel dangerous, if not impossible, in certain parts of the state. In fact, the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria on Sunday afternoon.
Currently, no travel is advised in west central Minnesota, where several major highways have been deemed impassable. Plows were pulled from the roads after dark due to the low visibility.
Winds are expected to slowly calm through Sunday night and will be far lighter for the Monday morning commute, but by then, the Arctic air will have arrived with wind chills of -35 to -50 area-wide both Monday morning and Tuesday morning.
In light of the coming cold, many schools and colleges announced Sunday that classes and activities previously set for Monday would be canceled. Additionally, residential garbage and recycling collection will be suspended until Tuesday in the following cities:
- Columbia Heights
- White Bear Lake
Officials with Advanced Disposal say collections will take place one day later than normal this week only.
Sunday night: Significant blowing snow through midnight followed by a gradual calming of winds and dangerously cold temperatures near -20 with a wind chill near -40.
Monday & Tuesday mornings: Very cold, but not record-breaking. Wake-up temperatures will hover around -20 and won't rise much above -10 during the day. Meanwhile, wind chills will be -35 to -45 area wide.
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