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Arctic surge leads to record-low Wisconsin temps

  • Associated Press
  • December 31, 2013 - 6:20 PM

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The recent surge of arctic air in Wisconsin has led to record-breaking low temperatures in such places as Owen, a Clark County town that hit minus 31 degrees this week.

Records were tied or broken in about half a dozen cities in the region Monday, the La Crosse Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1hSSX44 ).

The La Crosse airport hit a low of minus 17 degrees, tying a record set in 1976. Friendship also tied a record with temperatures of minus 22.

Owen got down to minus 31 degrees, two degrees lower than the previous record set in 1963.

A cold front swept into the region Sunday morning that combined clear skies and calm winds, allowing temperatures to plummet, said National Weather Service meteorologist Zack Taylor.

Records were also broken in Green Bay, which hit minus 19 degrees, and Marshfield, which was minus 23 degrees.

Taylor said temperatures should warm up just a bit later this week, getting into the single digits above zero in southwestern Wisconsin and a few degrees below zero in the Eau Claire area.

However, another wave of arctic air is expected to surge into the area Sunday into Monday.

The forecast for the Packers-49ers game on Sunday calls for a high near 15 degrees, with a nighttime low around minus 4 degrees.

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