Extreme Cold, Dangerous Wind Chills Carry Into New Year

December 31, 2017 09:24 PM

The majority of Minnesota is in a wind chill warning that will span two years.

That is, the warning that covers most of the northern, western and southern portions of the state began in 2017 and won't expire until about noon on the first day of 2018.


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The exception to the warning is a portion of east-central Minnesota – including the Twin Cities – that remains in a wind chill advisory for the same time period.

The National Weather Service says much of the state can expect wind chill readings of between 25 and 45 degrees below zero starting Sunday evening and hanging tight until midday Monday.

Frostbite on exposed skin can occur within 10 minutes at those levels, the NWS says.

The good news is, the extreme bitter cold temperatures will slowly move into the rear-view mirror as the week goes on, with highs for the most part in the single digits until next weekend, when they'll reach up to the mid-teens or even 20. 

Meanwhile, Sunday was notable for being the coldest day of the year – on the last day of the year, KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said. 

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The NWS reports Embarrass in northeastern Minnesota dropped to a low of 45 degrees below zero Sunday. International Falls bottomed out at 32 below while Duluth dropped to 24 below.

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St. Cloud in central Minnesota recorded a low of 24 below. Minneapolis-St. Paul hit 16 below.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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