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If it's any consolation, this cold snap could be a record-setter

With temperatures nearly 30 degrees below normal Thursday, the Brainerd lakes area may be waking up to record cold Friday morning.

And, depending on the thermometer, records set 81 and 91 years ago may have finally been dethroned.

The high temperature Friday, Nov. 10, could reach 23 degrees after climbing out of a sub-zero overnight low. Below normal temperatures and a biting wind chill Thursday created a feeling in the Brainerd area that matched mid-January more than November's beginnings. Thursday's high reached 15 degrees with a wind chill of 7 degrees below, according to the weather data recorded at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

The normal high this time of year is 42 degrees. Friday has a 20 percent chance of snow showers after noon with an overnight low of 19 degrees as the winds shift to the south.

The National Weather Service expected the overnight low leading into Friday to drop to 2 below zero. Temperatures wouldn't have far to go to set a new record. The overnight cold temperature record-holder for Nov. 10 is zero, set in 1936. And a cool 20-degree high for the lowest daytime high was recorded Nov. 10, 1926, an exact repeat from Nov. 9, 1926, in what was obviously a bone-chilling November 91 years ago.

For those waiting to get a few last things done outside before winter really arrives, there is hope. Veterans Day is expected to rebound to 35 degrees, which after Thursday will feel like a balmy late fall day. By Monday, highs are anticipated to push closer to 40 degrees and may reach as high as 44 degrees Tuesday with a chance for rain showers in the afternoon. And those warmer temperatures are forecast to continue through the rest of the week. Lows during the coming week will be far warmer than the daytime high Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10.

The unseasonably cold temperatures to start the week coincided with Winter Hazard Awareness Week with the weather service and Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with Thursday highlighting safety tips for cold weather.

Accuweather reported arctic blasts are expected to be part of this winter with temperatures sinking to subzero levels on a regular basis.

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