DULUTH, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Plunging temperatures in Minnesota are making snow removal a bit tricky as fluffy precipitation turns to rock hard ice.

The Twin Cities woke up Thursday morning to temperatures a few dozen degrees below where they were a few days prior, with temps hovering around 5 to 10 degrees in many places, and not expected to rise much during the day.

“The last time it was this cold was in February 2012,” said WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak.

Augustyniak said temperatures and wind chills are going to be even colder overnight going into Friday, and frostbite times may be as short as 15 minutes.

City crews in Duluth scrambled to clear streets before the deep freeze Thursday. Schools are canceling classes again in Duluth, Superior, Wis., and other cities in the region.

Forecasters expect the daytime temperature Thursday will reach 13, but just 4 below on Saturday.

A National Weather Service observer recorded 42 inches of snow just north of Two Harbors. Spotter Alice Findley uses a neon pink yardstick to measure the snow for the weather service. Findley lives on a big hill where the lake effect usually delivers a bit more snow. Findley tells the Duluth News Tribune she took several measurements around her yard and the snow was deeper than her yardstick in all locations.

This kicks off a string of days where high temperatures in the Twin Cities are expected to stay in the single digits or teens.

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