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Rain Continues in the Southeast; Colder Temperatures and Wet Weather in the Northwest

Tropical moisture will bring locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the Southeast. Heavy rain, cooler temperatures, and possibly high elevation snow will continue in the Pacific Northwest and extend into the Northern Rockies. Elevated fire weather conditions will impact portions of the Great Basin and the north-central Plains. 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)