Bitter cold grips Minnesota; power restored for most in Minneapolis


About 4,500 south Minneapolis households lost power for a few hours Sunday night as dangerous cold tightened its hold on Minnesota, and about 800 still did not have electricity by dawn Monday, the Star Tribune reports.

Electricity was restored for all but a few dozen customers by 11 a.m., the Star Tribune reports. Here's Xcel Energy's outage map. Xcel reported that a power line went down on light-rail tracks Sunday night:

A video posted to Facebook shows a power line down and a fire at Hiawatha and 42nd Street Sunday night:

Meanwhile, Arctic cold is here to stay for most of the week statewide, with a slight warming trend – lows above zero! – expected by week's end in the southern part of the state. The metro will warm up to the low teens on Friday and low 20s on Saturday, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for much of the state through noon Monday. On Monday, Twin Citians can expect a high of 4 degrees, and even colder Tuesday with a high of just minus-1 degree.

Monday also brings a bit of light, fluffy snow to most of the southern half of the state, with about an inch in the metro.

More snow is on the way for parts of southern Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday – up to 6 inches total by the end of New Year's Day, WCCO reports.

It's cold enough that Spirit Mountain ski resort in Duluth is closing early Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Star Tribune reports that the average monthly temperature for December in the metro was 13.9 degrees, nearly 6 degrees below normal. But it has been a lot colder – the most frigid December in modern history was in 1983, with an average temperature of 3.7 degrees, the newspaper reports.

A quick glimpse at the weather around the state:

Brainerd – Monday: Snow likely, less than an inch. High minus-1 degree, low minus-22. Tuesday: high minus-5, low minus-19, wind chill as low as minus-40.

International Falls – Monday: High: minus-9 degrees, low minus-34 degrees, wind chill as low as minus-45 degrees. Tuesday: High minus-11 degrees, low minus-31 degrees.

Rochester – Monday: About an inch of snow, high 5 degrees, low minus-8. Tuesday: 50 percent chance of snow, less than an inch, high 2 degrees, low minus-4.

Pipestone – Monday: Less than an inch of snow, high 12 degrees, low minus-7. Tuesday: Up to 4 inches of snow, high 4 degrees, low minus-3.

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