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Wind Chill Advisory Extended to 9 a.m. Wednesday; Snow is Coming Thursday

The winter storm watch starts Thursday night and continues through Friday afternoon.

Updated 10 p.m. Feb. 19: The National Weather Service has extended the wind chill advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Updated 9 p.m. Feb. 19: The wind chill advisory in St. Louis Park has been extended to 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wind chills could be as low as -23 on Wednesday, and -14 Thursday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the NWS is predicting 3 to 5 inches of snow Thursday night and 1 to 3 inches Friday. Winds could range from 5 to 15 mph.

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Updated 8 a.m. Feb. 19: St. Louis Park will be in a winter storm watch in a couple of days.

The National Weather Service has issued the watch starting Thursday night and continuing until Friday afternoon.

"A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel, according to the NWS. 
"Continue to monitor the latest forecasts."

Here is the full weather statement:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

256 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013

...DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES PERSIST THIS MORNING AS A WINTER STORM APPROACHES FOR LATE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...

WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 BELOW TO 35 BELOW ZERO WILL PERSIST THIS MORNING AS BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH COMBINE WITH TEMPERATURES BETWEEN ZERO AND 10 BELOW.

WIND CHILL VALUES WILL IMPROVE THIS AFTERNOON...AND THEN THE NEXT POTENTIAL WEATHER HAZARD IS SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL LATE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS EXCEEDING 6 INCHES ARE APPEARING MORE LIKELY...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 94...FROM MORRIS...TO THE TWIN CITIES METRO....TO EAU CLAIRE WISCONSIN.SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVER SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BY MID AFTERNOON THURSDAY...AND SPREAD NORTH AND EAST TO REACH CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN BY THURSDAY EVENING. SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY FRIDAY...WITH AMOUNTS

OVER SIX INCHES POSSIBLE BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ADDITIONALLY...SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS APPROACHING 10 INCHES APPEAR THE MOST POSSIBLE ALONG INTERSTATE 90 IN SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA.

MNZ048-049-051-057>060-066-068-069-077-191700-/O.NEW.KMPX.WS.A.0004.130222T0000Z-130223T0000Z/

/O.CON.KMPX.WC.Y.0005.000000T0000Z-130219T1800Z/POPE-STEARNS-SHERBURNE-KANDIYOHI-MEEKER-WRIGHT-HENNEPIN-MCLEOD-CARVER-SCOTT-RICE-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF, GLENWOOD, ST. CLOUD, ELK RIVER, WILLMAR, LITCHFIELD, MONTICELLO, MINNEAPOLIS, HUTCHINSON, CHASKA, SHAKOPEE, FARIBAULT

256 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY...

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY.

* TIMING: DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES THROUGH LATE THIS MORNING. SNOW DEVELOPING THURSDAY EVENING AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF COLD TEMPERATURES AND STRONG WINDS.

* SNOW TOTALS: 5 TO 8 INCHES BETWEEN THURSDAY EVENING AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued a wind chill advisory for St. Louis Park.

Wind chills could drop to between -20 and -30 from midnight Monday until noon Tuesday.

"A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills," according to a statement from the NWS. "This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves."

Sustained winds are expected to range from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

After the cold temperatures blow through Tuesday and Wednesday, snow is in the Thursday forecast.

Here is the full NWS statement:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

340 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS CONTINUING THIS EVENING ACROSS WESTERN

MINNESOTA...

STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 OR 50 MPH...HAVE PUSHED INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA TODAY IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT. THE STRONG WINDS HAVE PENETRATED THE CRUSTY TOP LAYER OF SNOW AND AS A RESULT...BLOWING SNOW HAS BECOME WIDESPREAD. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE OBSERVED NEAR AND WEST OF A LINE FROM ALEXANDRIA TO WILLMAR AND OLIVIA. FARTHER SOUTH AND EAST...VISIBILITIES ARE MUCH BETTER AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE NOT BEING OBSERVED. HOWEVER...TRAVEL IS STILL DIFFICULT IN STRETCHES DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL THROUGHOUT THE EVENING...SO THE BLOWING SNOW SHOULD LEAD TO VERY SLICK ROADWAYS. FURTHERMORE...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT.

MNZ043-044-050-051-060-069-076-077-082>085-091>093-190545-/O.NEW.KMPX.WC.Y.0005.130219T0600Z-130219T1800Z/

MORRISON-MILLE LACS-BENTON-SHERBURNE-HENNEPIN-SCOTT-LE SUEUR-RICE-WATONWAN-BLUE EARTH-WASECA-STEELE-MARTIN-FARIBAULT-FREEBORN-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LITTLE FALLS...PRINCETON...FOLEY...ELK RIVER...MINNEAPOLIS...SHAKOPEE...LE SUEUR...FARIBAULT...ST. JAMES...MANKATO...WASECA...OWATONNA...FAIRMONT...BLUE EARTH...ALBERT LEA

340 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY.

* TIMING: AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

* WIND CHILL VALUES: DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 20 TO 30 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF COLD TEMPERATURES AND STRONG WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

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