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Early Next Week: All-Time Record Cold?

2 Jan 2014, 12:20 pm

I have a memory from my college years.  Trying to get a “leg up” on the competition, I was able to organize a time where I job-shadowed a reporter at a local TV station.  This was roughly eight or nine years ago, and I remember it clearly.  It was January of 2004.

It was somewhere in the minus twenties below zero.  My aging Saturn car wouldn’t start due to the cold.  I wore two pairs of gloves, a thick scarf, possibly a second scarf, warm boots, my thickest jacket, etc.

Well – it’s back.  The cold, that is (and my warmest jacket).

Looking toward next Monday, some spots could be rivaling all-time record cold… both in terms of record cold lows AND highs.

So if you look at that image above, you’ll see -15° types of temperatures for Monday AFTERNOON (read: not morning lows, and also not wind chills).

So what are some of the coldest temperatures seen in the northern tier of states?

Check this out, as far as record low highs for January (and all-time) for Minneapolis, MN:



Imagine a day with a daytime high of -20.  That’s what folks woke up to in the year 1888 in Minneapolis.

How about all-time record lows for Minneapolis?



While the temperatures Monday won’t be *quite* as cold as those above – it won’t be too far away.  There could easily be Minneapolis temperatures that rival top 15 as far as cold is concerned, with highs possible in the double digits below zero and lows of around -25 to -26°.

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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