Coldest day of winter, Minnesota colder than Antarctica and Alaska

Arctic superfront by the numbers

  • -40 degrees coldest temp observed so far in Minnesota today at Babbitt and Brimson
  • -23 degrees coldest report at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport so far
  • -27 degrees record low for this date at MSP set in 1912 (it looks like this record will stand)
  • -14 degrees record for coldest daytime maximum temp at MSP today (this record also survived today)
  • -20 to -23 degrees forecast low at MSP again Tuesday morning
  • -40 to -65 degrees wind chill range across Minnesota today
  • 5 minutes – time it takes your exposed skin to freeze at -50 wind chill
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Dangerous wind chill levels continue today

Five minutes. That’s how quickly your skin can freeze when wind chills bottom out around -50 degrees.

It’s all about the wind chill today. Here’s a look at some of the colder wind chills around Minnesota so far today. The coldest around the metro? -53 at Lakeville.

 Twin Cities NWS

Bottoming out: Coldest in 10 years?

Barring a late update from the National Weather Service, it looks like we bottomed out at -23 degrees at MSP Airport this morning. If that stands, it will be the coldest day in 10 years at MSP Airport since the mercury hit -24 degrees on Jan. 30, 2004.

Twin Cities NWS

Colder than Antarctica and Alaska

Temps in Minnesota this morning are colder than Antarctica and Alaska. Does Sun Country fly to Vostok?

Weather Underground

In Alaska, they’ll enjoy a balmy 21 degrees above zero today in Fairbanks and 28 in Nome.

Alaska NWS

We like our cold weather bragging rights in Minnesota, but Siberia was actually colder today.

Weather Undrground

Cold penetrates deep

Check out temps this morning. It’s literally freezing all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico. That doesn’t happen often.


January thaw this weekend

Hang in there, the cold will gradually ease later this week. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model is most optimistic about our chances for highs in the mid to upper 30s by Sunday.

  • Starquest


    Weatherspark uses (, which is the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s a different entity than ECMWF.