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.
In Park Rapids this afternoon there is a 50 percent chance of snow, according to the weather service, with a high near 9. Wind chill values are as low as -17 with northwest wind between 11 and 18 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
Tonight has a low around -19 with wind chill values as low as -42. It will be blustery, with a northwest wind 19 to 22 mph decreasing to between 10 and 13 mph. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
By Thursday it will be sunny, with a high near -4. Wind chill values as low as -37 are expected with a west northwest wind between 8 and 11 mph. Thursday night will bring a low around -14 with wind chill values as low as -26. Friday will be slightly warmer with a high of 10 and low around -6.
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.