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outdoors Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Those who have gone to the Brainerd Jaycees’ annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza a few times in the past 23 years — know Mother Nature is unpredictable, especially in January.

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The warmest temperature on record for the extravaganza, which is usually held on the third Saturday of January on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, north of Brainerd, is 38 degrees. The lowest temperature on record is 38 below zero.

The weather for this year’s extravaganza to be held Saturday is expected to be right in between, but closer to the colder temperatures.

Saturday’s high will be near 6, with sunny skies, reports the National Weather Service (NWS). The bad news is there will be a northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

It has been a roller coaster ride this winter season in the Brainerd lakes area with temperatures dipping below zero to having a few sporadic warmer days in the 20-30s.

Friday’s high is expected to be 32 degrees, with a west wind of 10-15 mph, with wind gusts as high as 25 mph. It is expected to snow with accumulation of less than an inch possible. Snow is expected to fall between 1-7 p.m. Friday.

The low Friday night is around 4 below, with a northwest wind of 15-20, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.

And don’t expect a warm-up anytime soon. Sunday’s high will be near 5 with a low of 24 below; Monday will be colder with a high of 8 below and a low of 23 below; and Tuesday, even colder with a high near 1 below.

With the colder temperatures, anglers will have to dress warm in layers and think of tropical weather. The NWS reports that Florida residents will enjoy temperatures around 68 degrees Saturday — that is only about 60 degrees warmer than Brainerd.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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