Arctic cold descended on the Northland late Thursday and early Friday, setting record lows across the region as temperatures were in some cases more than 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.

The Duluth International Airport dropped to zero late Thursday and then to 5 below zero early Friday, resulting in two new daily low-temperature records for the city. The National Weather Service reported that the old records were 5 above zero for Nov. 9, set in 1959, and 1 above zero for Nov. 10, set in 1986.

International Falls shattered its previous records, dropping to 13 below zero on Thursday night and then to 14 below on Friday morning. The old records were zero for Nov. 9, set in 1957 and 1979, and 6 below zero for Nov. 10, set in 1986.

Other lows reported in the region by the Weather Service on Friday morning included:

  • 17 below zero - Togo, Effie
  • 16 below - Embarrass, Birchdale
  • 15 below - Bigfork, Ash Lake
  • 13 below - Cook, Seagull Lake, Cotton
  • 12 below - Hibbing, Babbitt, Littlefork
  • 11 below - Orr, Isabella, Crane Lake
  • 10 below - Eveleth
  • 9 below - Grand Marais airport, Ely
  • 7 below - Grand Rapids, Twig, Minong, Sturgeon Lake, Aurora, Wright, Makinen
  • 6 below - Cloquet, Moose Lake, Silver Bay, Palmers

Conditions were a little warmer in some locations near Lake Superior - the Duluth harbor reported a low of 7 above zero, while Two Harbors and Superior dropped to 1 above.

Mostly clear skies, light winds and a fresh cover of snow contributed to the record low temperatures - along with the fact that temperatures hadn’t managed to climb out of the teens during the day Thursday. Average highs in the Northland for this time of year are in the upper 30s; average lows are in the low to mid-20s.

Highs are expected to rebound into the 20s on Friday. Light snow is expected Friday night, the Weather Service reported, with perhaps an inch or two of accumulation - especially along the higher terrain of the North Shore.

A warm-up is expected for the weekend, with highs expected to reach the 30s on Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the low 40s are possible in the Twin Ports by Tuesday, the Weather Service reported.