Waiting for a warm-up? You're not going to like this...


Subzero temperatures blanketed the entire state Thursday morning during what seems like a never-ending cold stretch.

The coldest readings were reported in the northeastern Minnesota towns of Babbitt and Embarrass, where temperatures bottomed out at -47 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

International Falls and Littlefork-Big Falls school districts canceled classes Thursday due to the extreme cold. The Duluth News Tribune reports International Falls broke their daily record low temperature at 42 below.

Those in the Twin Cities were comparatively much better off. The Star Tribune reports it was -11 degrees in the north metro suburbs of Crystal and Blaine. St. Paul saw -9 degrees. But with windchill, it felt like -25 to -30 degrees for most of the morning, NWS says.

After a warm air teaser on Friday, meteorologist Paul Douglas says next week should bring the coldest air of winter -- possibly the coldest since 1996.

As Minnesota Public Radio's Paul Huttner puts it: "This one is the mother lode, the bonanza, the big enchilada of arctic high pressure systems."

That means metro lows will be near -20 degrees, -35 degrees in Brainerd and lower and lower as you go farther north.

So when's the relief coming?

Douglas says we'll bottom out for winter Monday and Tuesday next week. After 72 to 90 hours below zero, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-20s by the end of the week followed by a few days of possible 30-degree temperatures. MPR shows the weekend of Jan. 11 could even be above freezing!

So, yeah it's really cold for now. However, it could be worse.

"Really?" you say.

Yes. You could add snow on top of bitter cold temperatures like on the East Coast, where a Nor'easter is expected to stir up a blizzard Friday and drop more than a foot of snow in Boston.

Next Up

Minnesota Sex Offender Program Moose Lake

Man at Moose Lake sex offender facility dies from COVID-19

It's the first COVID-related death of anyone in Minnesota's sex offender program.

Chris Hovan

Charges: Ex-Viking Chris Hovan drove drunk with child in the vehicle

His blood-alcohol concentration was more than three times the legal limit, charges say.

Gov. Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz to address Minnesotans about COVID-19 on Friday

The number of COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities have been increasing after outbreaks at the facilities slowed 'significantly' over the summer.


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity and I.T. professionals to forefront

University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping meet demand with online master’s programs

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.