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Temperatures dropped to the 40s below zero in parts of the Northland on Sunday morning, the coldest morning of the holiday-season arctic outbreak yet for much of the region. Embarrass was the cold spot at 45 below zero, the National Weather Service reported. A spotter near Bigfork reported 38 below, with 37 below near Effie and Kabetogama. The low temperature at the Duluth airport was 26 below zero — that's 29 degrees below normal, but the record low for the city for Dec. 31 remains 31 below, set in 1946.
Wednesday morning was the coldest one yet of the deep freeze that has settled into the Northland, with Cotton reporting a low of 41 below zero, and International Falls and Hibbing reporting record lows. Duluth didn't set a record low for Dec. 27 — but the city was at 70 hours of subzero temperatures and counting as of Wednesday night.
Wednesday morning was the coldest one yet of the deep freeze that has settled into the Northland, with Cotton reporting a low of 41 below zero, and International Falls and Hibbing reporting record lows. The National Weather Service reported that Cotton was the cold spot on Wednesday morning at 41 below, followed by Embarrass at 40 below and Togo at 39 below. International Falls dropped to 36 below, breaking the previous record for Dec. 27 of 32 below, set in 1924. Hibbing hit a low of 28 below, breaking the previous record of 27 below, set in 1964.
For the second morning in a row, Embarrass was the coldest reporting station in the Northland on Tuesday with a low of 36 below zero. That follows the 29-below-zero reading the Embarrass weather spotter reported on Christmas morning. The National Weather Service reported that Crane Lake and Togo were the frigid runners-up Tuesday at 33 below zero, with 31 below at Kabetogama, on the Fernberg Trail east of Ely, and near Butternut in Northwestern Wisconsin.
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who spent time outdoors on Christmas Day: Monday will go into the books as among the coldest Christmases on record in the Northland. The National Weather Service reported that the high on Monday in Duluth was 8 below zero. That’s the fourth-lowest Christmas high temperature on record in the city — trailing only 1879, 1892 and 1933, when Duluth reached just 10 below for a high on the holiday.
Light snow and freezing drizzle are forecast to continue across much of the Northland this evening, causing slippery roads and sidewalks. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m. for southern and central St. Louis, Douglas, Carlton, Pine, Lake and Cook counties. "Motorists have reported icing on windshields in the Duluth and Cloquet areas," the Weather Service reported at about 5:30 p.m. "As temperatures fall tonight the freezing drizzle should change to light snow."
Snow totals reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth as of 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. Snow continues to fall in some locations in, so these are not necessarily final amounts.
Steady light snow that started late Tuesday and continued most of the day Wednesday added up to more than a half-foot in parts of the Northland. The snow also caused difficult driving conditions, and the Duluth-bound lanes of the Blatnik Bridge were closed briefly during the afternoon commute as authorities responded to crashes.
Snow is forecast to continue through the overnight hours across the Northland, with some patchy freezing drizzle also possible as an Alberta clipper system affects the region. Roads were becoming snow-covered across parts of the region as of the late-afternoon hours, with driving conditions expected to remain slippery through the Wednesday morning commute. The snow is forecast to continue through much of the day Wednesday, totaling up to several inches for many areas, the National Weather Service reported.
Snow totals relayed by the National Weather Service in Duluth through 9 a.m. This list will be updated as more reports are received: