Winter just won’t quit: Area weather shows no signs of warmingPublished 10:56am Thursday, February 27, 2014
Another polar blast has Austin chilled to the bone during a winter season that never seems to end.
Temperatures will struggle to break zero Thursday, with a high forecasted at 4 below, as the National Weather Service posted a wind chill advisory for Mower County. A wind chill warning is in effect for the north and central regions of the state.
The state was wrapped in double-digit subzero temperatures early Thursday — even without the wind chill factor, which is expected to hit 31 below tonight in Austin.
Relatively few schools canceled classes because of the dangerous temperatures, but some delayed the start by two hours, including Hayfield, LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland schools. Hayfield’s buses are only driving on plowed roads.
Forecasters say that even with the sunshine, it will be a slow climb out of the freezing temperatures.
A winter weather advisory was in effect Wednesday evening in the county, with gusts peaking at 36 mph around 8 p.m., according to Tom Stangeland, National Weather Service hydrometeorological technician.
The weather service expects another storm to dump 1-2 inches on Austin Friday, and expects another 1-2 inches on Saturday. The high on Friday will be near 11, and it will top out around 3 on Saturday.
—The Associated Press contributed to this report.