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Swing of 51 degrees in 18 hours

Weather: It’s hard to believe that we went from temperatures in the 30s and 40s on Saturday across Minnesota to falling into the 20s and 30s below zero by Sunday. A blizzard warning was posted for much of Minnesota for Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning because of blowing snow.

Minneapolis had a record high of 47 degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday. That record had stood for 86 years, but soon fell to four below zero by 8 a.m. Sunday. This was a swing of 51 degrees in less than 18 hours.

Much of Central, West Central, and Northern Minnesota experienced the same temperature change. Alexandria had a high of 37 degrees on Saturday. Temperatures would drop to 16 below by Sunday morning. Wind chill values were in the 30 below to
36 below range for much of the day on Sunday.

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Many places fell to below zero

Weather: Extremely cold air was in place on Monday and Tuesday across Minnesota as a big dome of Arctic air hit the Midwest.

Many locations in Northern Minnesota fell in the 20 below zero range. Waskish and Roseau both dropped to 25 below zero for the state lows on Monday morning.

Across Central and West Central Minnesota Sebeka and Nevis both fell to a cold 20 below zero on Monday. These cold temperatures, however, were still about 15 degrees off of their record low temperatures for both cities for that date.

Elbow Lake bottomed out at 21 degrees on Monday. Morris and Hancock were a “warmer” 18 below zero on Monday.

Alexandria dropped to 19 below zero. This was 13 degrees off of the record low for Monday dating back to 1983.

Meanwhile, Kimball and St. Cloud both dipped to five below zero for morning low temperatures on Monday.

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More snow later in week

Weather: It was a cold weekend across the state of Minnesota. Alexandria hit a cool high on Sunday of just one degree above zero.

Thankfully, a warm-front arrived on Monday, Dec. 16, as we finally started to warm up once again, as daytime high temperatures were back into the 20s and even some lower 30s.

That frontal boundary system, however, did bring some light snow with the arrival of the warm-front. Many spots across Minnesota picked up a couple of inches of snowfall on Monday, with another one to two inches of snowfall Monday night with the second wave.

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Many record lows set across Minn.

Weather: Wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings were with us for much of the weekend and into Monday. At times, wind chill values dropped to 35 below to 40 below zero.

The actual air temperatures struggled to make it above zero on Saturday and again on Monday. Most locations failed to make it above zero for daytime high temperatures.

Of course, the sun made things look pleasant, but once you stepped outdoors you soon learned the truth.

Light snow did fall across parts of Minnesota Sunday evening into early Monday. One to two inches of snow were common by Monday morning across Central and West Central Minnesota.

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Below zero is coming this week

Temperatures over the weekend were right on track for this time of the year. We started off the month of December on Sunday with daytime high temperatures near average for early December.

For example, Alexandria hit 27 degrees on Sunday for the daytime high temperature. Some other temperatures on Sunday were: Morris topped out at 32 degrees, Kimball rose to 30 degrees, Elbow Lake warmed to 28 degrees, Crosby reported 25 degrees, Menahga reached 23 degrees, and Sebeka was a cooler 21 degrees.

Temperatures remained mild on Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm system pushed across Minnesota. Winter storm watches and warnings were posted for much of Minnesota on Monday night and Tuesday as enough snowfall and winds created difficult driving conditions at times.

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