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Temperatures drop into 40s below zero in parts of the Northland

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The 1,000 foot Presque Isle is encrusted in ice as it approaches the Duluth Ship Canal in Lake Superior Sunday afternoon. The ship was headed to load iron ore at the Burlington Northern docks in Superior. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)2 / 3
The ice-coated freighter St. Clair passes through the ice-covered Duluth ship canal at dawn Sunday. The temperature was about 20 below zero. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)3 / 3

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.

The high in Duluth on Sunday was 8 below zero — tied with 2013 for the third-coldest New Year’s Eve on record in the city. (The coldest was a high of 16 below zero in 1967.)

Aside from a brief period at 1 above zero on Thursday afternoon, Duluth has remained at or below zero since Christmas Eve.

As of Sunday night, wind chill warnings and advisories remained in effect for the Northland through Monday morning. Temperatures are forecast to possibly inch into the single digits above zero Monday, though many parts of the region may remain below zero for another day. Below-normal temperatures are forecast to continue all week, the Weather Service reported.

Other low-temperature reports relayed by the Weather Service on Sunday morning included:

• 36 below zero: Togo, Ash Lake

• 35 below: Ely, Crane Lake

• 33 below: Orr, Skibo

• 32 below: Buyck, Robinson, Birchdale

• 31 below: Littlefork, Isabella

• 30 below: International Falls, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Taft, Palmers, Sea Gull Lake

• 29 below: Aurora, Aitkin, Wright, Side Lake

• 28 below: Makinen, Saginaw, Brainerd

• 27 below: Cloquet, Eveleth, Hibbing, Sturgeon Lake, Twig, Sawyer, Bruno, Brule

• 26 below: Duluth airport, McGregor, Hayward, Moose Lake, Grand Marais airport, Clam Lake

• 25 below: Minong, Namekagon

• 24 below: Esko, Sandstone, Siren

• 23 below: Superior

• 22 below: Hinckley, Maple

• 21 below: Grand Portage

• 20 below: Two Harbors, Silver Bay

• 19 below: Ashland

• 18 below: Duluth harbor

The lowest reported wind chill was 54 below at Palmers, on the North Shore between Duluth and Two Harbors. Other wind chill reports Sunday morning included 49 below at the Silver Bay Marina, 49 below at the Duluth airport, 48 below at International Falls and 47 below at Cloquet and Grand Rapids.

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