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Cold temps continue but snow not expected

The National Weather Service in Duluth expects little to no precipitation this week.

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Greta Merck (left), holding Ambrose Merck, laughs as she watches Adelaide, Ruth and Colette Merck play in the snow Saturday, Jan. 24, in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd lakes area residents will likely not have to worry about snowfall this week but they will have to bundle up.

“It’s a relatively quiet forecast,” said Linda Engebretson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Duluth, on Sunday Jan. 24. “We’re not looking at any precipitation chances now through about Friday.”

Sunshine was expected Tuesday and Wednesday with clouds the rest of the week, according to Engebretson.

“We’re just not looking at much for precipitation. The temperatures are the bigger concern,” she said.

Monday night was predicted to be the coldest night of the week, according to the forecaster.

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Most of January 2021 has ben average or above average in terms of temperatures. Chart / National Weather Service

“With minus 4 for a minimum temperature, that’s rather chilly,” she said. “And that’s going to keep our high temperatures Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in the teens.”

Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes when windchills drop to 20 below zero, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth, which they were expected to do Sunday night.

“Highs in the teens are going to be a little bit below normal, but a normal high this time of the year is in the low 20s, and the normal low is down around zero. But it’s going to feel like a bit of a shock because of how warm we were earlier this month,” Engebretson said.

The normal high for this stretch of winter is 21-22 degrees, according to the weather service. The colder than usual temperatures come on the heels of a warmer than average January that saw temperatures reach the 30s and 40s on several days. Jan. 4 brought a near-record high at 42 degrees, falling 2 degrees shy of the record 44 set in 1984.

Engebretson also said temperatures would likely gradually warm up by Friday with temps expected to make a return to the 20s.

“We’re still looking at zero or colder for overnight lows through Wednesday night … but that is not unusual at all for this time of the year,” she said.

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FRANK LEE may be reached at 218-855-5863 or at frank.lee@brainerddispatch.com . Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchFL .

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