If you thought it was cold Friday and Saturday you are in for a surprise.
Sunday night into Monday morning is expected to be even colder, Sam Standfield, weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Duluth, said Saturday morning.
Standfield said the arctic pressure system that brought the wind chill readings of 35 to 50 below zero to the Brainerd lakes area will be moving out of the area on Sunday. He said this will cause the winds to calm down, but will allow the air temperature to get colder.
Sunday night the it will be mostly clear with temperatures at 25 to 35 below zero with a north wind at five to 10 miles per hour. Monday morning will warm up a little and it is expected to be two below zero to two above zero.
Standfield said after Monday the temperatures will slowly begin to get warmer to the single digits throughout the week.
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Whittier Elementary students Abby Holloway (left) and Anna Bieganek walked home after school Friday afternoon.
The NWS issued a wind chill advisory in Brainerd on Friday and Saturday. Brainerd had one of the lowest negative readings in the state Friday. The National Weather Service in Duluth said in northeastern Minnesota, the state's traditional cold spots -- Embarrass and Tower -- dropped to 28 below zero and 25 below early Friday. But Brainerd beat them at 31 below.
Park Rapids and Fosston also were at 31 below.
On Saturday, Brainerd and Tower were each at 29 below zero. Embarrass was at 31 below zero and the city of Marcell beat all the northeastern cities, reaching 32 below zero.
Mike Stewart of the National Weather Service in Duluth said Friday Brainerd's wind chill readings reached 35 below to 45 below zero. Steward said if the skin is not covered, a person can get frostbite within 15 minutes with Brainerd's temperatures.
Last year during the same time period, Brainerd's temperatures were in the upper teens to the lower 20s. Standfield said Brainerd did not reach the 30 below zero range last year until Jan. 30.
Other weather news in the Brainerd lakes area Friday:
* Connie and Brad Jenson of Nisswa watched KARE 11 meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas Friday morning and Yuhas threw a hot cup of water in the air and the water vaporized before it hit the ground. Brad Jenson tried this at his home with lukewarm water and it did not vaporize.
* A Brainerd Dispatch motor route in Crosby was delayed Friday because the delivery person's vehicle would not start from the below-zero conditions.
* Carl Specht of Baxter said his 1985 Dodge Diplomat always starts no matter what the weather. His statement held true Friday morning and it started right up. Specht said his Dodge has a V-8 engine with a carburetor.
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