Temperatures in northern Minnesota dropped to near 50 below zero on Sunday morning — that's air temperature, not counting the wind.
The National Weather Service in Duluth relayed a report of 49 degrees below zero at Kabetogama in northern St. Louis County. A few miles away, a weather station near Ash Lake reported 48 below.
Other morning lows included 46 below at International Falls, Babbitt, Celina, and Sea Gull Lake on the Gunflint Trail; and 45 below at Embarrass and Brimson.
The low at International Falls sets a record for the date; the Weather Service reported it's the fifth-lowest temperature on record all-time for the city on the Canadian border. The previous Jan. 27 record low temperature was 36 below, set in 1966.
Hibbing also set a record on Sunday morning, with a low of 40 below.
Wind chill reports included 57 below zero at the Grand Marais airport, 54 below at International Falls and 51 below at the Grand Marais harbor.
The cold is just getting started, as another shot of arctic air is forecast to sweep across the state for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lows may reach the 20s below zero — or lower — across all of Minnesota by midweek, with highs remaining below zero. West-northwest winds will make it feel even colder.
Here's a roundup of low temperature reports from across Minnesota on Sunday morning; these are air temperatures, not factoring in the wind:
49 below zero — Kabetogama
48 below zero — Ash Lake
46 below zero — Babbitt, Celina, Sea Gull Lake
45 below zero — International Falls, Embarrass, Brimson
44 below zero — Crane Lake, Cotton
43 below zero — Effie
42 below zero — Orr, Birchdale
41 below zero — Ely, Gunflint Lake, Skibo
40 below zero — Hibbing, Bigfork, Littlefork, Margie
39 below zero — Twig, Loman
38 below zero — Eveleth, Cook, Makinen
37 below zero — Kelliher, Jacobson
36 below zero — Bemidji, Baudette
35 below zero — Warroad, Waskish, Aurora, Cass Lake, Hill City, Northome, Longville
34 below zero — Park Rapids, Wright, Inger
33 below zero — Fosston, Roseau, Grand Rapids, Aitkin, Grand Marais airport, Isabella, Kettle River, Emily, Pine River, Saginaw
32 below zero — Walker, Grand Portage, Hovland, Chisholm, Deer River
31 below zero — Silver Bay, Northome
30 below zero — Thief River Falls, Brainerd, Federal Dam, Moose Lake, Side Lake
29 below zero — Cloquet, Bruno, Sturgeon Lake, Wadena, Staples
27 below zero — Grand Marais harbor, Virginia, Two Harbors, Long Prairie, Melrose
26 below zero — Hallock, Crookston, Esko, McGregor
24 below zero — Detroit Lakes, Hinckley, Grand Marais harbor, Benson, Little Falls
22 below zero — Duluth airport, Fergus Falls, Morris, Paynesville
20 below zero — Willmar, Mora, Princeton
18 below zero — St. Cloud, Duluth harbor, Albert Lea, Cambridge, Glencoe, Red Wing, Waseca, Owatonna
17 below zero — Lakeville, Litchfield, Buffalo, New Ulm
16 below zero — Mankato, Maple Lake
15 below zero — Montevideo, Madison
8 below zero — Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport