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After the January 27th, 2019 Blizzard, a blast of frigid Arctic air pushed into the Plains and Great Lakes regions. Near record cold air inundated much of the central U.S. from Tuesday, January 29th through Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Cold air plunged in with northerly winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph on Tuesday, January 29th. Observed temperatures were so far below average that they were near the record lows, particularly on Wednesday January 30th and Thursday January 31st. High temperatures on Wednesday January 30th were within a few degrees of the coldest high temperatures for this date in recorded history.

Wind chill temperatures in the 50s to 60s below zero were reported across the region on Tuesday, January 29th, in addition to limited visibility due to blowing snow. For the Grand Forks Airport (KGFK) the coldest wind chill for this event was -61 F recorded at 1153 AM CST on 1/29/2019. For a historical comparison, the coldest wind chill temperatures (WCT) on record for the period from 1948 to present at KGFK were on February 1st and 2nd, 1996. The coldest WCT in this period was -65 F at 9 am CST on 2/1/1996. For Fargo Airport (KFAR), the coldest wind chill for this event was -56 F at 521 PM CST on 1/29/2019. The coldest WCT on record for the period of 1948 to present at KFAR was on January 19th, 1985, at 8am CST when -61 F was recorded.


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