Hold on for just one more day. The Brainerd lakes area will get a short, but much-needed, break from the icy winds come Friday.
But until then it’s bitter cold as usual.
Thursday’s predicted high is 2 below zero, with windchill values between 30 and 40 below, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth. Thursday night will dip to around 14 below, with wind chill values between 20 and 30 below.
A small breath of relief will come Friday when the high hits 19 degrees above zero. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow Friday night.
Don’t get used to the above zero days, though.
Temperatures will start declining again Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, with a high near 11 above, and continue that night with a low of 13 below zero.
It’s back to the frosty way of life Sunday with a high around 3 below zero, dipping to 23 below zero that night.
Next week will start bitter, as the forecast for Monday’s high is 10 below.
Below-average freezing temperatures welcomed the new year, but it wasn’t enough to set a record. The low Jan. 1, 2014 was 27 below. The record low for that day is 38 below in 1979. A normal temperature is 1 below for the low and 20 above zero for the high.
The high temperature seen Jan. 1, 2014 was 1 below as of late afternoon. The record high was 41 degrees in 1998.
Another windchill advisory is in effect from 9 p.m. Jan. 1 to noon Jan. 2.
The overnight and morning hours will plummet with windchills of 25 to 45 degrees below.
Exposed skin can get frostbite within 10-30 minutes with these temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.