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Continued: Minnesota schools start canceling Tuesday classes because of cold

So much snow piled up on the light-rail tracks at 24th Avenue in Bloomington that Metro Transit suspended Blue Line service between the Mall of America and the Humphrey Terminal 2 Station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for about 90 minutes. Buses filled in until service cranked up again about 8:40 a.m.

Tough to call them highs, but the Twin Cities area will get no warmer than the upper single digits below zero Monday, then free-falling to at least 20 below Monday night into Tuesday morning.

From there, maybe 0 on Tuesday for the metro, a teasing high of 24 on Wednesday, then back down to no better than 9 on Thursday.

Windchill warnings were expected to remain in effect through midday Tuesday for the Twin Cities area and across southern Minnesota.

Wind gusts reached 60 mph Sunday in Redwood Falls — the highest in the state. Elsewhere, gusts registered at 58 in New Ulm, 54 in Morris, 53 in Mankato, 51 in Hutchinson and 49 in St. Paul.

Bitter cold and dangerous winds weren’t enough to cancel two Minnesota outdoor sporting events for endurance athletes.

The 30th John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon kicked off Sunday in Duluth with 30 mushers and 420 dogs racing at 374-mile course up the North Shore and back. The Arrowhead Ultra 135 race began Monday in International Falls.

 

Star Tribune staff writer Susan Hogan contributed to this report. pwalsh@startribune.com • 612-673-4482 harlow@startribune.com • 612-673-4482

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