The cold is keeping people away from what makes winter in Minnesota wonderful. Outdoor ice rinks are free for people to use, but below-zero wind chills are keeping them away. For businesses that count on snow to turn a profit, the string of days below zero has impacted the bottom line.
Schools canceled classes for a second day as dangerous arctic air kept an icy grip on Minnesota where at least one hospital saw a record number of frostbite cases. At Regions Hospital in St. Paul, 14 people were treated for frostbite and eight patients suffered from hypothermia in the last two days.
A cold snap that that National Weather Service is calling “historic and dangerous” has arrived in Minnesota. Temperatures were down to 8 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities area around midmorning Sunday, with wind chills in the mid to high 20 degrees below zero.
The National Weather Service says wind chills in South Dakota are dipping to near 40 below. Readings hit 39 below in Huron and 33 below in Sioux Falls at 5 a.m. Monday. The northern part of the state has been under a wind chill warning.
The bitter chill in the air earlier this week is set to lift in Minnesota on Thursday, but snow is expected to move into the state late in the evening.
Temperatures may be on the upswing over the next few days, but other aspects of the weather forecast may flake on your parade.
The bad news is that Tuesday is really, really cold. The good news is that it’s going to get a little bit warmer later this week. The other bad news is that we’re looking to possibly get another fresh dose of snowfall in Minnesota.
With wind chills expected to dip to 35 degrees below zero in much of Minnesota overnight, the National Weather Service issued its newest warning: The Extreme Cold Warning.
The National Weather Service in the Dakotas and Minnesota will not be issuing wind chill warnings this winter, opting instead for the “extreme cold” statements that debuted last winter.
The coldest temperatures of the season delayed the start of school for many students and caused even the hardiest Minnesotans to think twice about staying outdoors for any length of time.
Dangerously cold temperatures are settling over Minnesota with wind chill readings that can cause frostbite to exposed skin in a matter of minutes.