Snow has fallen, now comes the arctic air

Karl Wessels rides his bike Monday, Dec. 9, on County Highway 48 in Baxter. Four inches of new snow fell Sunday night and Monday in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Another round of snow fell in the Brainerd lakes area. Now residents are in for a cold spell.

Four inches of snow reportedly fell during the overnight Sunday into Monday morning, Dec. 8-9, bringing the total snowfall for the winter season in Brainerd close to 2 feet.

The snow is a prelude to a frigid Tuesday, with a high temperature expected to be 3 below zero and wind chill values between 20-30 degrees below zero. The wind is expected to be coming from the northwest around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Cold temperatures are expected to continue through Tuesday night, with a low of 16 degrees below zero.

The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind chill advisory for Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties to include the cities of Brainerd, Pine River, Aitkin, Walker and Big Fork, from 8 p.m. Monday to noon Tuesday, as cold, arctic air moves into the region. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero are in the forecast. Wind chill values of 20-30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Wind chill is how the wind combined with cold temperatures feels on exposed skin.


Covered in snow, Steve Suer uses a snowblower Monday, Dec. 9, to remove four inches of fresh snow that fell Sunday night and Monday in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The arctic air is expected to continue into Wednesday, with a high of 1 degree below zero. The winds are expected to calm down to 5 mph out of the northwest Wednesday. Wednesday night’s low is expected to be 10 degrees below zero, with a 30% chance of snow showers after midnight.

To stay warm and safe during this cold blast, the NWS states people should avoid exposure during the coldest wind chills; stay dry as wet clothing causes body heat to be lost faster; stay covered by wearing a hat and gloves, as nearly half a person’s body heat is lost if the head is not covered; and to dress in layers.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be warmer, with high temps of 17 degrees Thursday and 28 degrees Friday.

Snow totals

Brainerd, 4 inches.

Pillager, 2 inches.

Nimrod, 6.5 inches.

Menahga, 4 inches.


Brainerd parking

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, the city of Brainerd will commence a cleanup of all snow emergency routes and all east-west streets — or streets that generally run east-west. Hauling of snow from the central business district will also take place.

Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes will be ticketed and towed immediately.

Parking is banned on all other city streets the day they are scheduled to be plowed until they have been plowed from curb to curb. All vehicles plowed around will be issued a $25 parking citation. Vehicles that are not moved within 48 hours of being plowed around will be towed at the owner’s expense.

These rules do not apply to streets in the Downtown Special Services District that are subject to different parking regulations during snow emergencies.

November weather facts for Brainerd

According to the National Weather Service, November was cooler than normal, with above normal precipitation. The average temperature for November was 28.5 degrees, or 1.6 degrees below the normal of 30.1 degrees. The highest temperature was 49 degrees Nov. 16 and the lowest temperature was 1 degree below zero Nov. 12. There were 14 days with the average temperature above normal.

November was above normal for snowfall with a total of 18.1 inches of snow recorded for the month, or 9.7 inches above the normal of 8.4 inches. The greatest daily snowfall occurred Nov. 30 when 11 inches was recorded.

JENNIFER KRAUS may be reached at or 218-855-5851. Follow me at on Twitter.

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