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Dangerous cold returns - New Year's Day to be one of coldest on record

"Expect wind chills to range from 20 below zero to 30 below zero." Expect the cold weather to continue through the weekend and get even colder, the weather service reported. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

After a brief respite, if a warm up to 7 degrees can be categorized in those terms, the deep freeze is back and so are the wind chill advisories.

The National Weather Service reported very cold wind chills are expected across central Minnesota with the advisory in effect until 8 a.m.

"The cold wind chills will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes," the weather service in Duluth reported. "Expect wind chills to range from 20 below zero to 30 below zero."

Expect the cold weather to continue through the weekend and get even colder, the weather service reported.

"A wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken," the weather service reported. "Dress warmly in layers."

Until the brief Thursday rise above zero, temperatures have been below zero in the Brainerd lakes area—night and day—since Christmas, looking at data recorded at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. And there is no relief in the short-term making extra caution needed for any New Year's Eve celebrations.

"Temperatures will primarily be subzero through Tuesday morning with periods of dangerous wind chills," the weather service reported. "The coldest periods, in respect to wind chills, look to be Friday night into Saturday morning and Saturday night into Sunday morning with widespread

wind chills of 30 to 45 below zero. New Year`s Eve will be one of the coldest on record with overnight wind chills of 30 to 40 below zero into the morning of New Year's Day."

The coldest New Year's Eve on record was 39 below zero in 1946 with the coldest daytime high of 8 below in 1927. The warmest was a 40-degree high on New Year's Eve of 2004.

On New Year's Day, the normal high is 20 degrees. The record holders for the coldest at 38 below goes back to 1979. With the coldest daytime high of 10 below in 1920. The warmest on record, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth, was 41 degrees in 1998. The high temperature for Jan. 1, 2017 was 25 degrees, according to weather service records.

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