Rather than battle through brutal cold weather Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League has moved the Nordic skiing state meet to Friday.
The state meet was scheduled to begin Thursday at Giants Ridge near Biwabik in northern Minnesota, but the MSHSL's John Millea tweeted that forecasted temperatures will make it "impossible for a safe ski meet for participants."
The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a high temp of minus-1 in Biwabik on Thursday, with a morning low a bitter -23F. Throw in some brisk winds behind an Arctic front that is scheduled to pass through Minnesota on Wednesday and the wind-chill readings Thursday will be diving into dangerous territory.
The National Weather Service is already talking about the likelihood of a wind chill advisory, and possibly and upgrade to a wind chill warning.
Temps are expected to remain frigid overnight Thursday into Friday morning before things start to warm up a bit. The high temp Friday in Biwabik might even get to 10 degrees.
The Nordic skiing schedule now calls for competition to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. See the full schedule here.
The MSHSL Alpine skiing state meet is Wednesday at Giants Ridge. The forecast high is in the low 20s with snow showers and blustery conditions developing in the afternoon.