Tricounty News

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.

Arctic air will start to move into The Upper Midwest for the midweek and stay with us through the weekend. Daytime high temperatures will drop into the single digits above and below zero. Overnight low temperatures will drop to near 20 below zero by Thursday and Friday morning.

In addition, wind chill values will fall to 30 to 40 degrees below zero at that time on Thursday and Friday. Fairly strong winds will cause those dangerous wind-chill values, but also reduce visibility in open areas.

Of course, make sure you have your winter survival kits with you just in case you breakdown on the highways.

Also, for the latest road conditions call 511, or go to www.511mn.org.

Be safe and stay warm.

Weather history: On this date in 1886 “Minneapolis hits a record-setting 15 degrees below zero.”

Weather fact: Frostbite is caused by extreme cold that can damage the skin. An hour of exposure at 20 degrees Fahrenheit is all it takes to cause frostbite. Even colder temperatures, “or exacerbating factors such as moisture or wind, will increase the likelihood of frostbite setting in and causing pain and discomfort” and even kill skin tissue.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low -3 High 2

Duluth Low 12  High 16

Central MN Low 2 High 10

Twin Cities Low 12 High 17

Rochester Low 16 High 19

Marshall Low 4 High 10

Wednesday: Cloudy and colder with a 40-percent chance of light snow. High 10 Low -10 Wind: NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Monday’s sunrise, Dec. 2:
7:46 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 4:38 p.m.

Normal High: 27

Normal Low: 10

Much colder Arctic air will settle in for the midweek and remain with us right through the weekend. At times, wind chill values will drop to 35 degrees below zero.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow early. High 2 Low -15 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Friday: Partly cloudy and cold. High -4 Low -18 Winds: W/NW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. High -3 Low -22 Winds: WNW 5-10 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 3 Low -8 Winds: Variable at 5 mph Prec. None