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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Even for Minnesota, it’s going to get cold the next several day.

“Yep, we’re talking about overnight lows [in the Twin Cities] around 19 below, 17 below,” said WCCO-TV chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer.

He predicts that up north kids can pretty much guarantee school cancellations, and here in the metro there’ll at least be delays. Classes in Rochester, Minn., have already been canceled for Monday.

The last time we saw these kind of lows was in mid-January of 2009, when it got down to 22 below zero.

On Feb. 2 of that year, temperatures only reached a high of minus 17 in the Twin Cities.

Shaffer says there is a chance some parts of the state could be forced to bring back old memories of ’96 – memories of frozen eyelashes, cars being towed and broken pipes.

“People were going out you know at 2, 3, 4, 5 in the morning to start their car to make sure it would start in the morning so they could get to work,” Shaffer said.

There was also a statewide cancellation of schools set by then Gov. Arne Carlson.

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