Lowest temp of Minn. winter recorded in Embarrass: -42


This week's deep freeze in Minnesota had forecasters scrambling to find the state's coldest spot. Paul Huttner at MPR's Updraft blog reported that the coldest air temperature so far this winter was recorded Thursday morning: -42F in Embarrass. It was also chilly in Babbitt (-40) and International Falls, Cook and Crane Lake (-38), MPR noted.

In the metro, Thursday's low was -8, and warmer air is in the forecast – it could hit 33 by Monday, WCCO reported.

For perspective, the coldest temperature ever in Minnesota was -60 in Tower, Feb. 2, 1996. USA Today lists each state's low temperature records. The coldest ever in the nation: -79.8 degrees at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971.

A light dusting of snow is in the forecast for Thursday night in the metro, KARE 11 reports. Points north could pick up a bit more – Duluth could get 2 to 4 inches, the National Weather Service says.

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun again at Los Angeles residents for being cold-weather wimps. He's got a funny video montage that features Minnesota meteorologists:

Kimmel did a similar bit earlier this month.

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