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From Crane Lake in northeastern Minnesota, where it was minus-44 at 7 a.m., to 370 miles south in Austin, where it was minus-7, the state was blanketed with frigidity.
In International Falls, where it was minus-42 at 8 a.m., school was canceled for the day because of the cold, the Duluth News Tribune reported. As the sun rose in the Twin Cities area, it was minus-11 in Crystal and Blaine, and minus-9 in St. Paul. There was one holdout: Winona, in southeastern Minnesota, at a balmy 3 above. But with the wind, it still felt like 23 below.
Friday and Saturday bring the Twin Cities back to more typical readings, with highs around 20. However, snow and strong winds are possible. Then it’s back down, down, down, at least until later in the week.
Douglas warned that the subzero temperatures could be especially hard for children waiting at bus stops.
“If you are properly dressed and active, it doesn’t present as much of a threat. The problem is that you have kids just standing and waiting,” he said.
Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools haven’t decided yet whether there will be any delays or closings Monday because of the bitter cold, but Rochester schools have pre-emptively canceled classes for Monday.
Despite all the cold talk, don’t pack the bags just yet, Douglas said. If residents can survive the first few days, temperatures should rise again in the latter part of the week.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482