A fast-moving storm that produced a quick burst of snow is ending this morning across west-central Minnesota, and the next page of the forecast calls for temperatures to plummet all day Monday and remain below zero until Thursday.
The winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service for Douglas and counties to each direction except for the south is due to expire at noon Monday.
South of the warning area, a winter weather advisory has been issued, and that area has been extended. Stevens, Pope and Stearns counties are in the advisory area.
Predictions for 6-8 inches of snow in the warning area have been reduced to 3-7 inches across much of the warning area, and 2-5 inches for the Alexandria area. Plan on slippery road conditions, cautions the weather service.
During the day, temperatures are expected to fall to around 4 below by late afternoon, with a northwest wind of 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph producing winds chills as low as 23 below zero.
The extreme cold is forecast to stick around for a couple more days, with the high temperatures for both Tuesday and Wednesday set at 3 below, and wind chills on Tuesday as low as 32 below.
The forecast lows are for the next three nights are also well below zero: -12 on Monday night, -18 on Tuesday night and -6 on Wednesday night.