A strong north wind and dropping temperatures made for a brisk Saturday morning in the lakes area.
The National Weather Service reported the temperature in Brainerd was 20 degrees about 5 a.m., warmer than the high predicted for midday. As expected, temperatures dropped quickly. By 8:30 a.m., Brainerd's temperature was listed at 6 degrees.
Winds of 15-20 mph gave the temperature a nasty bite. Gusts were clocked at 30 mph. After an overnight low expected to be in the single digits below zero, Sunday's high is predicted to be a chilly 9 degrees.
A little snow fell by Saturday morning, enough to warrant taking a broom to the sidewalk. The Associated Press reported forecasts of cold and dry weather throughout the northern part of the nation with scattered snow showers in Minnesota.
After a balmy Friday with temperatures in the upper 30s, the extended NWS forecast is on the cool side as January exists on a more traditional note.
Highs through Wednesday are not expected to exceed 15 degrees. However, the wind should be much calmer by Sunday night, easing the cold's effect. Lows during the week should hover around zero.
But this cold snap, amid what has been a mild winter to date, has staying power. Friday the high may be a cool 4 degrees.
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