Snow, frigid weather to ring in the new year for Austin

Published 4:49 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Austin area will bid a snowy, cold farewell to 2013.

After about 1.6 inches of slick snow in Austin Monday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from noon Tuesday through 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. A storm system is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of snow starting at about noon Tuesday, with the heaviest accumulation between 2 and 7 p.m.

NWS Meteorologist Zack Taylor said Austin should receive about 3 inches, but the southern part of Mower County and northern Iowa would likely receive 4 to 5 inches.

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Along with the snow, the weather service is still warning of extreme cold conditions. Wind chills reached as low as 25 below overnight, according the weather service, and Tuesday’s high is 2, with a low of 5 below.

“That’s going to create some slick roadways and slippery conditions,” Taylor said.

Wednesday should be just as cold, with a high of 2 and a low of -14. The arctic conditions won’t break until late Friday, as temperatures are expected to warm up to the mid-20s on Saturday before dropping to single digits at the beginning of next week.

The cold temperatures spurred wind chill advisories across much of the state yesterday. The community of Embarrass in northeastern Minnesota bottomed out at 40 below zero at 6 a.m. Monday. International Falls fell to 37 below.

Light snow also made for a slippery commute across much of the state Monday. The Minnesota State Patrol reported hundreds of crashes in the Twin Cities area.