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Deep freeze continues; no school in Duluth Tuesday

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Dangerously low temperatures will hang around Minnesota Tuesday, when the afternoon high might climb 1 degree above zero in the Twin Cities, local forecasters say.

In northern Minnesota, it may take until Thursday or even Friday to creep back into positive territory. Wind gusts of 40 mph brought wind chill readings to more than 40 below zero in several northeastern cities Monday. At least one death has been blamed on the cold, a 61-year-old man found in a Mahnomen storage building over the weekend.

A wind chill warning is in effect through noon Tuesday and Duluth-area schools have cancelled classes.

In the Twin Cities on Monday the thermometer topped out at about -4 degrees, KSTP says.

Air temperatures in the Twin Cities fell between -13 and -18 degrees Monday night into Tuesday, KARE 11 says, with wind chills -20 to -30. A wind chill advisory remains in effect for the metro until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Brainerd dipped to about -24 overnight Monday, and International Falls on Tuesday can expect a high of -8 and low of -21, the National Weather Service says.

It's the coldest week of the winter so far for much of the northern United States, CNN reports in a blog post that starts with a Hibbing woman freezing an egg sunny side up outdoors.

But fear not, the mercury could climb back up to 10 degrees above zero on Wednesday in the metro, forecasters say. And MPR notes it could be up to 32 degrees (above zero) by Sunday.

Those are the numbers. But how cold is it really? Cold enough for dueling backyard science experiments at KARE 11 and WCCO:

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