Record Cold continues across the Northland; Overnight lows -40 to around -50 in northern Minnesota; wind chills -45 to -60 tonight/Sunday AM

Will remember this cold snap for a long time! This one is rivaling some of the wicked cold snaps we had back in the 80s and 90s.

Bitterly cold temperatures will continue across the Northland for a few more days. Lows tonight and Sunday night will be in the 20s, 30s and 40s below zero, with a 50 below temperature possible in the traditional cold spots across northern Minnesota. Highs for Sunday will be in the single digits and teens below zero, with highs on Monday ranging from around 2 above to 7 below zero.

With how frigid the overnight temps will be it really won’t take much wind to produce dangerously cold wind chills through Monday. Wind chills of -40 to as low as -60 are likely in the Northland through Sunday morning, and around -35 from Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon. Wind chills as low as -60 can cause frostbite on exposed skin in just 5 minutes! These are life-threatening wind chill values tonight.

…Record Low and record low high temperature records smashed in the Northland…

Note: Low temperatures this morning were as much as 40 degrees below normal in parts of the Northland, incredible!

Record Low Temperatures broken for February 13

  • International Falls, MN: New record -42 F; old record -39 F set in 1909.
  • Hibbing, MN: New record -39 F; old record -32 F set in 1965.
  • Duluth, MN: New record -35 F; old record -29 F set in 1905.
  • Brainerd, MN: Record low tied -34 F; old record -34 F set in 1916.

Record Low High Temperatures broken for February 13

  • International Falls: New record -10 F; old record -9 F set in 1909.
  • Hibbing: New record -9 F; old record 3 F set in 1970.
  • Duluth: New record -6 F; old record -1 F set in 1970.
  • Brainerd: New record -6 F; old record -4 F set in 1922.
  • Ashland: New record -2 F; old record 1 F set in 2020.
  • Low of -35 F at the Duluth Airport on February 13, 2021 – This is the 3rd lowest minimum temperature on record during the month of February (records date back to 1875) Coldest February temperature on record in Duluth is -39 F set in 1996, and second coldest is -36 F set in 1899.
  • Low of -35 at the Duluth Airport on February 13, 2021 – This is the coldest temperature in Duluth since a -39 degree temperature back on February 2, 1996.
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…Record Lows for February 14…

  • International Falls: -44 F set in 1909
  • Brainerd: -35 F set in 1922
  • Hibbing: -32 F set in 2020
  • Ashland: -27 F set in 1943
  • Duluth: -24 F set in 1875, 1879, 1949 and 1970

…Record Low Highs for February 14…

  • International Falls: -5 F set in 2015
  • Brainerd: -5 F set in 1900 and 1930
  • Duluth: -3 F set in 1930
  • Hibbing: 2 F set in 2015
  • Ashland: 4 F set in 1943

Upper level low (Polar Vortex) continues to churn just north of Minnesota this evening, and it will continue to do so on Sunday before we finally see this upper low exit farther to the east on Monday.

The amount of the US covered by winter weather alerts, whether it be from wind chill headlines to winter storm warnings, watches or advisories is truly amazing! I’ve never seen anything like this before.

There are winter storm warnings all the way to south Texas!

All of Oklahoma is under a winter storm warning!

Much of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi are under winter storm warnings, watches or ice storm warnings!

No doubt a memorable winter weather pattern.

Tim

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