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Snow And Hazardous Travel Expected From The Rockies To The Northern Plains And Upper Midwest

A storm system will track from the Rockies to the Great Lakes through Monday. The storm will bring heavy snow, gusty winds, and hazardous travel conditions. Some of the snow will be heavy at times, with accumulations approaching one foot over northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Conditions will improve Monday night into Tuesday. Read More >

Overview

In late January 2019, a historic arctic outbreak brought bitterly cold wind chills and record-breaking cold temperatures to the Midwest. Many schools and some businesses and government offices were closed for three days, with USPS mail delivery even suspended on Wednesday, January 30th due to extremely dangerous wind chills. The coldest temperatures occurred on the morning on January 31st when Cotton, MN recorded a low of -56, approaching the Minnesota state record low of -60 set back in 1996. The low of -56 at Cotton, MN was the coldest temperature recorded in the Lower 48 for this entire period of cold weather!

 

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Local and national media outlets check out the official NWS Cooperative Observer temperature sensor in Cotton, MN. (Photo: NWS)