Wright County area students, including those in St. Michael-Albertville and Monticello schools, need to bundle up as they get back on the bus tomorrow morning, as some of the lowest morning temperatures of this 2014-2015 winter are set to descend on the area tonight.
Wind chill factors should be in the 20s below zero on Monday morning as kids get set to return from holiday break, according to the National Weather Service. That could be the case through most of the week, as Arctic air drops down into Minnesota from Canada to kick of 2015.
Students seeking an extension to the holiday break, a la 2014, are probably out of luck, however. Last year, actual air temperatures were near 20 below zero and wind chills were near 40 below, causing buses to fail throughout the Twin Cities and Gov. Mark Dayton to take the drastic measure of canceling school statewide on the first Monday back from break.
This year, however, air temps will be a bit higher, and buses at Don’s Bus Service were running as of Sunday evening.
A wind chill advisory has been issued through 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Then, at least an inch of snow is expected to move through the area some time Monday afternoon, complicating things a bit for the afternoon commute. The NWS expects 1 to 2 inches to fall on northern Wright County via the storm. Snow is possible through Tuesday evening before things finally warm up into the teens on Thursday afternoon.
A “thaw” could come early next week, when temps climb back into the 20s.