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Out With the Rain, In With The Wind

The National Weather Service says a cold front expected to move through Dakota County on Friday night will bring in weather conditions more typical of January.

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Dakota County will be moving from one type of yucky weather to another over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says Friday’s damp, foggy and above-average temperature conditions will change dramatically overnight into a blustery and cold weekend that’s move typical for early January.

Here is the description of the predicted change from the weather service’s webpage:

A very mild January air mass will be replaced by a strong arctic cold front later tonight. In the short term, temperatures near freezing across portions of central Minnesota have created some icy spots, especially on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses. Although temperatures will slowly rise above freezing this afternoon, slick spots may remain. Areas of fog and light drizzle will continue across much of the region this afternoon. A powerful cold front will move across the state this evening. Behind this front, expect temperatures to rapidly drop into the teens and 20s, with single digits in the west after midnight. Strong southwest to west winds of 20 to 35 mph, will create wind chill values of 10 to 20 degrees below zero by morning.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Dakota County for Friday and Saturday. Here is the text of the outlook:

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
 AREAS OF DENSE FOG...WITH VISIBILITIES AROUND ONE QUARTER MILE...WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH THIS EVENING. LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AFTER MIDNIGHT...WITH SOME ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA. WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY OVERNIGHT...WITH GUSTS OVER 40 MPH POSSIBLE TOWARD SATURDAY MORNING. BLOWING SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AREAS THAT RECEIVE NEW SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT...MAINLY OVER WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
WEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WILL BRING FALLING TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY MORNING...ALONG WITH AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW OVER WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. WIND CHILLS WILL BE WELL BELOW ZERO THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

Click here for an updated forecast for Dakota County.

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