Above-Freezing Temperatures Thawing Minnesota.....For Now

Updated: 12/27/2013 7:42 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

A December warm spell is pushing temperatures above freezing across Minnesota, but it won't last long.
The National Weather Service says mild weather is expected into Saturday. Temperatures rose to a spring-like 40 above zero in the Twin Cities on Friday afternoon. Madison hit 45 while Aitkin, Montevideo and Faribault rose to 43. It's the first time the metro hit 40 since Sept. 30, according to KSTP.com meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas.
Arctic cold is about to make a comeback, but not before we see the "bright spot" hit on Saturday with highs in the mid 30s, Jonathan said.
A cold front is expected to sweep into western Minnesota by Saturday evening. Near-blizzard conditions are expected from west-central into south-central Minnesota Saturday night around 7 p.m.

The 'Hassel Factor' will a 7 out of 10 Saturday night--meaning there will be some delays, especially for places outside of the Twin Cities, said Jonathan. He expects about an inch of snow in the metro.
A wind chill advisory is out for southwestern Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday. Lows Sunday night are forecast to range from 35 below in northeastern Minnesota to 15 below in the south.
The cold is expected to last at least until midweek.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.