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If the snow doesn't stop you from venturing out today, the cold temperatures might do the trick.

An arctic air mass is expected to settle into the region this week, bringing with it daily highs well below zero early in the week and lows cold enough to make even Santa wish for a warmer suit.

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The National Weather Service pegs today's high in Fargo at 1 degree, but falling to 11 below zero by 4 p.m. with wind chills of minus 41 degrees, thanks to 30 mph winds and gusts up to 47 mph. Overnight temperatures are expected to dip to 18 below zero.

Monday's high temperature is expected to be minus 10, with wind chills in the minus-20- to minus-40-degree range, forecasters for WDAY and the Weather Service said Saturday.

Tuesday's early morning temperatures may make you want to stay in bed too, as they dip to the 20-to-25-below-zero range in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area, said Weather Service meteorological technician Bill Barrett.

"It looks like a real January outbreak. We're kind of reversing the months - January in December," Barrett said.

Tuesday's high is a sunny and cold minus 7, the weather service predicts.

Temps are expected to break the zero mark Wednesday, clawing up to a mostly sunny 3 degrees, but overnight temperatures will remain bitter at minus 11.

Thursday is expected to be cloudy with a high of 10, and Friday should be partly cloudy with a high of 8 degrees with a chance of snow, the weather service predicts. The forecast calls for overnight temperatures to stay in the single digits below zero.

WDAY's forecasters are predicting relatively balmy highs in the 15- to 18-degree range at the end of the week.

On Saturday night, WDAY and the weather service were looking at two different snowfall scenarios today for the area stemming from the storm that swept out of the Rocky Mountains earlier Saturday.

WDAY Meteorologist Rob Kupec said he and Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler expected snow to be in the 5- to 10-inch range for the metro area, with a band of 8- to 12-inch snowfall to the southeast.

However, the weather service forecasters were pegging Fargo to get socked with 10 to 14 inches of snow before the system blew through.

As of 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 290 area events were cancelled, postponed or had their times changed for Saturday and today in anticipation of blizzard conditions, according to the inforum.com Web site.

Everybody in the region would see at least 4 inches of snow, Barrett said.

"Hopefully, everybody will stay inside. It will have to be a real emergency to want to go out," Barrett said.

Kupec warned that the coming bitter-cold temperatures are ripe for frostbite, and he urged everyone to cover all skin.

"When the temperatures are that low, within a matter of minutes your skin can be freezing," he said.

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