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Good Question: Has This January Been Worse Than Most?

This January, several Minnesota schools closed schools five times due to extreme wind chills. The average temperature has hovered around 10 degrees and it has snowed 22.6 inches. But how that does compared with Januaries past?

01/30/2014

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Major Flooding Risk Low On Red River, Devils Lake

Forecasters in Grand Forks say the risk for substantial spring flooding is low along the Red River and Devils Lake Basin. But they say winter is far from over and an early thaw is less likely.

01/24/2014

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Good Question: Will Recent School Closures Cut Into Summer Vacation?

In his twelve years as superintendent at Minnetonka Public Schools, Dr. Dennis Peterson has called off school three, maybe four times. Each time it was for snow, not cold.

01/23/2014

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Frigid Cold Cancels Classes In Twin Cities & Beyond

Frigid arctic air and brutal wind chills forecasted for Thursday have forced public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul to cancel classes.

01/22/2014

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MN Highway Reopened After Blizzard Closure

Blizzard conditions temporarily closed a main highway in northwest Minnesota. The State Patrol said about 30 miles of Highway 2 from East Grand Forks to Crookston were closed because of heavy, blowing snow.

01/22/2014

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Arctic Air Pushes Readings To 26 Below In NE Minn.

Another round of arctic air has arrived in Minnesota, pushing temperatures to subzero double digits. The wind is making those subzero temperatures feel like 35 to 40 degrees below in some parts of the state.

01/21/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Extreme Cold Edition

Ila from Bemidji wanted the answer to a Good Question we get all the time: How do they keep from water in a water tower from freezing?

01/03/2014

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Bitter Cold Settles Across Minnesota

A blast of bitter cold will keep Minnesotans chilled going into the new year. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for central and northeastern Minnesota through Tuesday morning.

12/31/2013

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Wind Chill Warning For Central/NE Minnesota

Forecasters say the deep freeze that has gripped Minnesota is more typical of mid-January temperatures. The National Weather Service predicted readings won’t make it much above zero in many areas of the state Wednesday.

12/11/2013

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More Cold Temps, Light Snow In Minnesota Forecast

Temperatures will remain well below freezing across most of the state. The National Weather Service says highs on Sunday will range from near zero in the northwest part of the state to about 20 degrees in the southeast.

12/08/2013

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Deep Freeze Settles In Across Minnesota

Minnesotans are in for a weekend of arctic cold. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for western and central Minnesota through noon Saturday. A wind chill advisory is out for the rest of the state.

12/07/2013

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Minneapolis, St. Paul Declare Snow Emergencies

The ongoing snow event keeps on putting a snarl in everyone’s Wednesday plans, and many are going to have to find alternatives for overnight parking, as well. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies effective Wednesday at 9 p.m.

12/04/2013

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Freezing Temperatures Moving Into Central Minn.

The National Weather Service says freezing temperatures are moving into central Minnesota, along with snow flurries in places like Rochester. The weather service says temperatures will be in the mid-20s Monday through the evening. Winds are expected to be blustery, with gusts up to 26 mph.

11/11/2013

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November Snow Blows Into Minn.

Minnesotans are getting a sneak peek at winter. A November storm was moving across the state Tuesday evening, dumping several inches of snow.

11/05/2013

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Sept. Tornado Spotted In Far Northern Minnesota

A September tornado has been spotted in far northern Minnesota.

09/11/2013

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Good Question: Why Are Hailstones Different Sizes?

Many of you ended up with dents in your cars and roofs from all of the hail that came down last night. Reports ranged from hail the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball.

08/07/2013

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Utility Crews Work To Restore Power

There weren’t any tornadoes but severe thunderstorms packed a punch across the metro Tuesday night, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people around the metro.

08/07/2013

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Tornado Watch Out For Parts Of Minnesota

A tornado watch is out until 9 p.m. across Minnesota’s midsection as intense thunderstorms pop up across the area. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado north of Willmar in west-central Minnesota about 5:15 p.m., but there were no immediate reports of a touchdown.

08/06/2013

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Powerful Storm Pounds Thief River Falls In NW MN

A line of powerful thunderstorms caused significant damage as it moved through the northwestern Minnesota city of Thief River Falls on Friday evening.

07/12/2013

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Crews In Minn. Work To Restore Power, Clear Trees

The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages

06/22/2013

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High Winds Rake Across SW Minn., Reach Twin Cities

Another night of stormy weather is forecast for Minnesota, following high winds and heavy rains that uprooted trees and knocked out power across a large part of the state early Friday. The NWS has issued a tornado watch for roughly the southwest quarter of the state.

06/21/2013

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Twin Cities Cleaning Up From Overnight Severe Weather

The National Weather Service says several communities in west-central Minnesota are experiencing flash flooding following severe thunderstorms. Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck are among those that flooded after big downpours.

06/21/2013

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Rainstorm Rumbles Across Southern Minnesota

A June storm has brought heavy rain and hail to parts of southern Minnesota. The storm rolled across the south-central part of the state and the Twin Cities Wednesday morning.

06/12/2013

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Midwest Could See Strong Windstorms From Derecho

The National Weather Service was tracking a so-called derecho weather pattern in the Midwest on Tuesday that could spawn severe windstorms in major metropolitan areas with gusts as strong as 100 mph. Derecho windstorms occur once every year or two across the central and northeastern U.S. in a band from Texas to New England. They pack hazardous winds of at least 75 mph or more and maintain their intensity for hours as they sweep across vast distances.

06/11/2013

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Good Question: Are Storm Chasers Making Us Safer?

Every time there is the threat of a tornado, hundreds of storm chasers take their cameras and drive towards the danger. On Friday, three of the most respected chasers died during a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. Meteorologist Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their friend Carl Young were killed when their car got caught up in the twister.

06/03/2013

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