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Coldest day of winter, Minnesota colder than Antarctica and Alaska

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Arctic superfront by the numbers

  • -40 degrees coldest temp observed so far in Minnesota today at Babbitt and Brimson

  • -23 degrees coldest report at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport so far

  • -27 degrees record low for this date at MSP set in 1912 (it looks like this record will stand)

  • -14 degrees record for coldest daytime maximum temp at MSP today (this record also survived today)

  • -20 to -23 degrees forecast low at MSP again Tuesday morning

  • -40 to -65 degrees wind chill range across Minnesota today

  • 5 minutes - time it takes your exposed skin to freeze at -50 wind chill

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Image: Twin Cities NWS

Dangerous wind chill levels continue today

Five minutes. That's how quickly your skin can freeze when wind chills bottom out around -50 degrees.

It's all about the wind chill today. Here's a look at some of the colder wind chills around Minnesota so far today. The coldest around the metro? -53 at Lakeville.

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Bottoming out: Coldest in 10 years?

Barring a late update from the National Weather Service, it looks like we bottomed out at -23 degrees at MSP Airport this morning. If that stands, it will be the coldest day in 10 years at MSP Airport since the mercury hit -24 degrees on Jan. 30, 2004.

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Colder than Antarctica and Alaska

Temps in Minnesota this morning are colder than Antarctica and Alaska. Does Sun Country fly to Vostok?

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Image: Weather Underground

In Alaska, they'll enjoy a balmy 21 degrees above zero today in Fairbanks and 28 in Nome.

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We like our cold weather bragging rights in Minnesota, but Siberia was actually colder today.

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Cold penetrates deep

Check out temps this morning. It's literally freezing all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico. That doesn't happen often.

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January thaw this weekend

Hang in there, the cold will gradually ease later this week. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model is most optimistic about our chances for highs in the mid to upper 30s by Sunday.

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