Tricounty News

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.

On Saturday morning, some spots in Northern Minnesota dropped to near 30 below zero. Many record low temperatures were set across Minnesota.

Crane Lake fell to 29 below zero Saturday morning setting a new record low.

Alexandria dipped to 15 below zero Saturday morning. This was just one degree shy of the record low of 16 below zero set back in 1972.

Cold air will stay with us through the weekend, although it will moderate a bit by Friday. However, a much nicer warm-up is expected to return by the middle of next week.

At this stage, it looks like some 20s and 30s are possible by next week. Just to clarify, that is above zero.

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather history: On this date in 1983 “nine cars fell through the ice at the same time on Buffalo Lake in central Minnesota. There was only 5-6 inches of ice on the lake.”

Weather fact: The DNR says that for safe conditions to get out on lakes during the winter season for “new, clear ice on lakes, generally four inches is needed for ice fishing or other activities on foot.” Also, five inches of ice is needed for a snowmobile or ATV.” Finally, “eight inches or more of ice are needed for cars or small pickups.” You should check with local bait shops to see what the conditions are like on area lakes and if they are safe.


Moorhead Low -18 High -4

Duluth Low -16 High -4

Central Minn. Low -18 High -6

Twin Cities Low -7 High 0

Rochester Low-6 High 0

Marshall Low -10 High 3

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High -6 Low -11 Wind: W 5-15 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 7:53 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 4:37 p.m.

Normal High: 23

Normal Low: 5

One more cold day before temperatures warm-up a bit by Thursday. Daytime high temperatures are projected to warm-up into the teens by Thursday and Friday across much of the region as a weak disturbance approaches.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and a warmer. High 11 Low 0 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Prec. None

Friday: More clouds than sun, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 13 Low 1  Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 5 Low -5 Winds: WNW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 12 Low -5 Winds: W 10-15 mph Prec. None