Tricounty News

Bitter cold is wake-up call

Weather column: We sure had a wake-up call when it came to cold weather this past week and weekend. Wind-chill warnings were issued for much of the state of Minnesota from Monday until Tuesday because of dangerously low wind-chill values. If you spent anytime outdoors this week, you know what I am talking about – it was painfully cold at times!

Temperatures Monday morning dropped to 25 below zero across much of northern Minnesota. Flag Island, Ely, Warroad, Crane Lake, and Big Fork all dropped to 25 below zero. Taking into account the wind, it felt more like 50 below zero in those locations at times.

Meanwhile, Alexandria dipped to 16 below zero and Morris fell to 13 below zero Monday morning. The wind chill values at those locations made it feel more like
40 below zero.

On Saturday, the winds were even more of a problem across Minnesota. Alexandria had a peak wind gust of 56 mph. Jordan, in Scott County, had the highest peak wind gust reported around the state of Minnesota at 61 mph. Morris, Hector, Kimball, Wadena, and Clara City all had peak wind gusts near 55 mph.

Thankfully, warmer air will return by Saturday and Sunday. We should see temperatures back to near average! There is a chance of some light accumulation of snow for Thursday into Friday. If that snow does materialize, do drive carefully.

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather history: On this date in 1936 Warroad fell to a “bone-chilling 55 below zero!” This was the actual air temperature and not the wind chill value!

Weather fact: Wind chill – is the felt air temperature on exposed skin because of wind. The wind-chill temperature is never higher than the air temperature, and the wind chill is undefined at higher temperatures above 50 degrees F.


Moorhead Low -10 High 4

Duluth Low 0  High 5

Central Minn. Low -8 High 5

Twin Cities Low -2 High 11

Rochester Low -3 High 12

Marshall Low -6 High 8

Monday, Jan. 21: Mostly cloudy and cold. High 5 Low -13  Winds: NW 5-10  mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 7:53 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 5:13 p.m.

Normal High: 21

Normal Low: 3

Cold air will stay with us for much of the week before warmer air returns by the weekend. We could see some light snow by Thursday into Friday as a low slides through the Upper Midwest.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance of light snow. High 9 Low -9 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of lingering light snow. High -4 Low -15 Winds: NW  10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer.  High 23 Low 7 Winds: S 5-15 Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 25 Low 18 Wind:W 5-15 mph Prec. None.