National Weather Service issues extreme cold warning for region
An extreme cold warning has been issued for northern Minnesota, including the counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard, starting today.
The National Weather Service said the extreme cold warning will be in effect through Thursday morning, bringing the coldest temperatures of the season so far.
Previously, the weather service issued a watch, but has since issued a more serious warning for residents of north central and northwestern Minnesota and the Dakotas.
After a high near 8 degrees in Bemidji today, the weather service said bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area tonight, with winds increasing into the 10 to 20 mph range. Temperatures are expected to drop down below in the range of 15 to 20 below overnight, forcing wind chill values to the minus-30 to minus-40 range.
Temperatures are expected to recover later Thursday, but frostbite and hypothermia can occur within minutes.
The weather service said an extreme cold watch warning that prolonged periods of very cold temperatures are expected. People are advised to wear a hat, facemask and heavy gloves or mittens. Outdoor animals should have warm shelter.
Friday is expected to bring slightly warmer temps, with a high near 6.
The weather is forecast to bring warmer temps soon, with a high near 16 on Saturday and 25 on Sunday and Monday.