Bemidji schools closed Tuesday as deep freeze continues
BEMIDJI -- The winter of 2013-14 just keeps giving.
Northern Minnesota residents again awoke to a deep freeze Monday and temperatures are expected to be much the same Tuesday. All of northwest and north-central Minnesota remains in a wind chill warning until noon Tuesday.
At about 8 a.m. Monday, the temperature was listed at 24 below in Bemidji, but with winds hovering at about 15 mph, that pushed the wind chill index to between 45 to 51 below, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D. The temperature increased during the day to a "high" of 14 below by mid-afternoon (still with a wind chill of about 35 below).
On Sunday evening, Bemidji Area Schools canceled Monday classes, another lost school day in what surely is a colder-than-normal winter. Then on Monday evening, with the forecast still calling for frigid temps, the decision was made to cancel classes for today, as well.
Tuesday's high will be warmer than Monday, at about 7 below, but wind chills are again expected to be in the 40-below range. Conditions actually should improve throughout the day and into the evening, and Wednesday's high is forecast at about 19 degrees.
Yes, that's above zero.
Daytime temperatures will hover around zero to a few degrees above the rest of the week, but becoming colder at night.