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Here's a list of the coldest wind chills in Minnesota so far

Temps will warm 75 degrees by Sunday.


It's mid-morning and the dangerous wind chill values are still in place across all of Minnesota, although they should be dropping through mid-afternoon before they start to plummet again before winds decrease overnight into Thursday morning. 

The coldest temperature recorded in Minnesota was a -70F reading in Ely earlier this morning, although that number is in question because they've been having issues with their sensor overdoing wind speeds, according to the National Weather Service.

Here's a list of 10 am. air temps and wind chills across Minnesota. 

Metro area

  • Minneapolis: -26F temp, -53F wind chill
  • St. Paul: -26F temp, -51F wind chill
  • Maple Grove: -28F temp, -54F wind chill
  • Minnetonka: -24F temp, -46F wind chill
  • Eden Prairie: -27F temp, -47F wind chill
  • Burnsville: -24F temp, -46F wind chill
  • Lakeville: -24F temp, -49F wind chill
  • Anoka: -26F temp, -50F wind chill
  • Lino Lakes: -26F temp, -50F wind chill
  • Forest Lake: -26F temp, -50F wind chill
  • Maplewood: -25F temp, -49F wind chill

Greater Minnesota

  • St. Cloud: -27F temp, -54 wind chill
  • Brainerd: -33F temp, -54 wind chill
  • Bemidji: -34F temp, -54 wind chill
  • Duluth: -24F temp, calm winds
  • Ely: -27F temp, -47F wind chill
  • Detroit Lakes: -27F temp, -49F wind chill
  • Willmar: -27F temp, -51F wind chill
  • Hinckley: -26F temp, -43F wind chill
  • Marshall: -22F temp, -42F wind chill
  • Mankato: -26F temp, -50F wind chill
  • Rochester: -26F temp, -53F wind chill
  • Hutchinson: -24F temp. -49F wind chill
  • Red Wing: -24F temp, -49F wind chill

Even with calm winds it'll still be extremely cold on Thursday morning with lows dipping close to -30F in the Twin Cities for a second consecutive day. The official low temp at MSP Airport today was -28F. 

Even a 5 mph wind with an air temp of -28F will produce a wind chill of -43F. For example, at 10 a.m. today it was -35F in International Falls but a 7 mph wind gave them a wind chill of -55F. 

Here's a look at forecast wind chill values the rest of the day through Thursday morning, and if you really want to get specific you can check out this interactive map that allows you to click on a location and see what the hourly temperature and wind chill forecasts are.

For example, in Minneapolis, the wind chill is forecast to stay between -45F and -35F through 4 a.m. Thursday, and from 5 a.m. to noon it's expected to be anywhere from -23F to -34F. 

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Original story (7 a.m.)

It doesn't appear that any place in Minnesota has had an official wind chill record of -70F just yet, but Ponsford in central Minnesota came close with a -66F wind chill at 6:18 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Ponsford is located northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County, which is where some of the coldest wind chills were recorded.

Look at some of these unbearable readings the National Weather Service released as of 8 p.m. Tuesday – we'll revise this list as updated temperatures come out on Wednesday.

  1. -66F, Ponsford
  2. -64F, Lake Park, Brooks Thief River Falls
  3. -63F, Mahnomen, Fosston, Donaldson, Gatzke
  4. -62F, Crookston, Fergus Falls, Rothsay, Flag Island, Badger, 
  5. -61F, Wadena, Bemidji, Frazee, Verndale, Hendrum
  6. -60F, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, Park Rapids, Staples, Baudette, Tenney, Hallock
  7. -59F, Ottertail, Dilworth
  8. -58F, Elbow Lake, Red Lake
  9. -57F, Warroad
  10. -56F, Roseau

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It may have dropped even lower in some parts of the state after 8 p.m., but those numbers haven't been released just yet. 

The wind chill was observed as low as -55F at the official Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport. The actual air temperature in the Twin Cities (MSP Airport) at 7:20 a.m. was a numbering -28F with a wind chill of -50F. 

This cold spell will stay in place all day Wednesday and through Thursday morning as the overnight low is again predicted to drop to near -30F.

The good news is that winds will be lighter so the wind chill values should stay in the 25-40 below zero range for the metro and gradually warm on Thursday. 

By Sunday, you'll be wearing shorts and outside grilling as temps will surge into the 30s with a forecast high of 45 in the Twin Cities on Super Bowl Sunday. 

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