For those of you curled up with a book by the fireplace not wanting to think about what your car battery is going through, a few updates:
Packers lost, still no school tomorrow, the Gophers won, the Pope says he's going to travel to the Holy Land in May, former Mayor Rybak is in good spirits but still tweeting bad heart attack jokes, and there's apparently a show set 92 years ago on PBS that everyone but you is watching.
Some forecasting from Paul Douglas. Skip down to the bottom. Around Friday. Note the 30s. Three straight days.
MONDAY: Windchill Warning. Dangerously cold. Coldest Jan. 6 on record for much of Minnesota? Feels like -40 to 50F early. Winds: NW 15-25. High: -15
MONDAY NIGHT: Windchill Warning. Partly cloudy - still frigid. Low: -20
TUESDAY: Windchill Warning until noon. More sun, less wind. Feels like -35F. High: -3
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky. Hello zero! Wake-up: -12. High: 4
THURSDAY: Some sun, not nearly as harsh. Wake-up: -3. High: 17
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, risk of a thaw. Wake-up: 13. High: 32
SATURDAY: Dripping icicles. Much better. Wake-up: 20. High: 34
SUNDAY: Cloudy, above average temps. Wake-up: 26. High: 32
While waiting for -18 to turn to -19, I googled "hunker down" and got this: "To take shelter, literally or figuratively; to assume a defensive position to resist difficulties." Doesn't seem to fit most Minnesotans.
Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the cold isn’t likely to effect air travel out of the Twin Cities. He hadn’t heard of any cancellations or delays Sunday.
Xcel Energy increased staff Sunday and Monday to deal with the possibility of increased calls. All was quiet Sunday; no electrical outages were reported, said spokeswoman Mary Sandok.
Here we go ... the 10 p.m. official word on overnight temps from National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn DeVinny: The Twin Cities metro area will sink to 26 below in the predawn hours, and Monday’s high will be 15 below, Take it to the bank (if it's open tomorrow.)