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Record low temps

Weather: The state of Minnesota had some of the coldest air that many of us have remembered for sometime from Sunday night into Tuesday morning. Overnight low temperatures by Monday morning reached 30 below zero and colder across parts of Northern Minnesota.

Most of Central and West Central Minnesota were in the 20 below zero and colder range for morning low temperatures Monday morning.

Factoring in the wind, however, most parts of Minnesota experienced wind chill values between 50 below to near 60 below zero.

As a result, wind chill warnings were posted for Minnesota through Tuesday morning. Public schools across Minnesota were closed by Governor Dayton on Monday because of the dangerous wind chill values.

Alexandria had one of the coldest wind chill values around the state of Minnesota on Monday with a reading of 55 below zero reported at 6:15 a.m.

Sebeka and Wadena also reported wind chill values of 55 below zero.

Morris was close behind with a wind chill of 52 below zero at
5:21 a.m. Monday.

Kimball had a wind chill of 50 below zero Monday.

Here are some actual air temperatures for morning low temperatures Monday across Minnesota:

The city, Monday’s low temp, followed by the record low temp:

Crane Lake: 36 below zero; (32 below zero 2005)* New record low.

Nevis: 27 below zero; (40 below zero 1968)

Sebeka: 27 below zero; (33 below zero 1968)

Wadena: 27 below zero; (33 below zero 1968)

Alexandria: 25 below zero; (28 below zero 1951)

Morris: 25 below zero; (18 below zero 2005)* New record low.

Kimball: 23 below zero; (35 below zero 1912)

We have some warmer air headed our way by the midweek and into the weekend as the Arctic air will lose its grip on the Continental U.S. In fact, we could see some 20s and even some 30s by the weekend. Just to make this completely clear, this is above zero temperatures for a change.

A series of Pacific weather disturbances will push across the Upper Midwest bringing with it some warmer air and some small chances of some light snow by later in the week and into the weekend.

Enjoy the warmer temperatures on the horizon.

Weather history: On this date last year temperatures were in the low to mid 30s across Central and West Central Minnesota.

Weather fact: Can you catch a cold because of the cold? Experts say that “it’s an old wives’ tale,” that you can catch a cold because of getting chilled or cold. Rather, they say, that “colds are caused by viruses or bacteria, not cold weather.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low -30 High -10

Duluth Low -16  High 3

Central Minn. Low -20 High -5

Twin Cities Low -18 High -4

Rochester Low -17 High -4

Marshall Low -20 High -4

Wednesday: Partly cloudy.  High -5 Low -11 Wind: WN/SW 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise, Jan. 6: 8:02 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 4:47 p.m.

Normal High: 14

Normal Low: -2

We will see the Arctic vortex lose its grip on the Upper Midwest and the region will enjoy warmer air finally returning to Minnesota. Temperatures will moderate into the 20s and even the 30s by the weekend.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and a bit warmer. High 12 Low 10 Winds: SE 10-15 mph  Prec. None

Friday: Variable cloudiness, 20-percent chance of light snow possibly mixed with some light freezing drizzle. High 27 Low 12  Winds: S 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 25  Low 11  Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy and mild with a 20-percent chance of light snow or freezing drizzle. High 29 Low 12  Winds: SW 15-25 mph Prec. Trace-.20”