Nighttime will still be frigid, but daytime temperatures for the remainder of the week should start creeping above zero.
Brainerd reached a high temp of just 0 Monday, but the National Weather Service in Duluth calls for a high of 2 to 7 degrees Tuesday - the first above zero temperature in Brainerd since Friday afternoon. Wednesday will follow with forecasted high of 5 to 10 degrees, followed by 8 to 13 degrees on Thursday.
But don't put the heavy parka and thermal underwear away just yet.
The National Weather Service is forecasting low temperatures of 17 below to 22 below zero for Tuesday night, 10 below to 15 below for Wednesday night and Thursday night.
Michael Montgomery was bundled up for Nordic ski practice Monday at Boom Lake in Brainerd. The daytime high temperature for Monday was zero. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist» Purchase reprints of this photo.
Wind chills Tuesday and Wednesday night are forecasted to be 21 below zero to 31 below zero.
There also is a 30 percent chance of snow Tuesday.
The National Weather Service suggests the following to protect from the cold:
Check on the elderly often. They are most susceptible to cold and suffer from hypothermia more easily. They may not feel the cold and thus, not take appropriate actions.
Take it easy if you do any kind of physical outside activity. The effects of the cold and strenuous exercise can strain the heart and lead to a heart attack.
Do not overload power outlets.
Use alternate heat sources wisely - at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire.
If using a kerosene heater, have proper ventilation.
Be careful using candles - it's best to use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns.
Limit time outdoors, but if you must go outdoors, a hat and mittens are a must. Frostbite occurs on exposed skin in less than 15 minutes at these temperatures.
Limit children's outside play.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, like water. Dehydration affects your body's ability to regulate body heat.
Bring pets indoors, if possible.
Travel with a survival kit in your vehicle - blankets, dry clothes, energy bars and candy.
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