ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It is the week after the polar vortex that brought almost record-breaking wind chill temperatures. But this week, a wintry mix followed by snow and sub-zero temps are coming in.
Tuesday brought a wintry mix starting around 2 p.m. Regular snowfall covered the grounds, reducing driving visibility. Towards the evening hours a mix of rain and freezing drizzle started to fall, causing roads to slick up.
Wednesday was full of freezing drizzle. Icy conditions made their return towards the evening hours.
KTTC Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz said that Rochester was looking at three to five inches of snow after the freezing drizzle. Parts of Minnesota also saw thunder and lighting Thursday evening.
Temperatures are slowly dropping from the 20s to the teens Thursday as a shorter Arctic blasts moves in.
Thursday brought some freezing drizzle, but after 8 a.m, most of Southeast Minnesota saw traditional snowfall. At least three inches of snow is expected to fall in Rochester, with some parts of the city looking at totals closer to six. Wind gusts are expected to reach 30 mph by 3 p.m. causing blowing snow. While a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of the area, parts of Southeast Minnesota is looking at a Blizzard Warning until midnight.
On Friday, while most of Southeast Minnesota should see the sun, expect Arctic-like temperatures with gusty winds of about 25 mph. Look out for wind chills dropping to -20 to -30 degrees while temperatures will sit at two below zero throughout the day.