Upper Midwest Faces Coldest Night Since Last Winter

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 25, 2012; 6:07 AM ET
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The Thanksgiving holiday weekend will end with communities across the Upper Midwest enduring their coldest night since last winter.

An invasion of arctic air Sunday night will have residents and visitors throughout the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin turning up the heat and putting an extra blanket on the bed.

Temperatures are set to plummet to below zero in Grand Forks, N.D.; the single digits in Fargo, N.D., Duluth and Minneapolis, Minn., and the teens in Wausau, Wis.---bottoming out at lows not recorded since March.

The good news for Sunday night is that record lows will not be challenged and AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will not be significantly colder due to a lack of blustery winds.

Regardless, anyone heading outside Sunday night will want to definitely bundle up and homeless people should be urged to spend the night in shelters. Preparations should also be made to ensure that outdoor pets and livestock will remain warm enough throughout the night.

The arctic dome of high pressure ushering in Sunday night's cold will come in the wake of a clipper system delivering fresh accumulating snow to the Great Lakes (including Buffalo and Niagara Falls) on Sunday.

As the Upper Midwest shivers Sunday night, lake-effect snow showers will be streaming downwind of lakes Superior, Huron and northern Michigan.

The frigid air will expand to the south and east Monday into Tuesday, setting the stage for a winter storm to deliver snow from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast--if such a storm takes shape.

The above graphic displays expected snow totals starting Saturday night.

Thumbnail image provided by Photos.com.

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