Skip to main content

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.

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.


Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.


Winter is coming: Temps drop, rain turns to snow

The Twin Cities could get nearly an inch of rain Thursday as temperatures drop during the day, leaving the possibility for a little slush and snow, but no accumulation. It was already snowing early Thursday in western parts of the state as the cold front moves in. Areas in the northern part of the state could get 2-3 inches of snow on the grass, forecasters say.