Another dramatic plunge in temperatures across the state the last couple of days with wind chills warnings in place through the entire region. As you well know, those "feels like" numbers have tumbled to 30, 40, and 50 below zero once again. Take a peek at the coldest air temperatures felt around here Tuesday morning.
-34° St. Croix Falls WI
-33° Little Falls
-32° Wild River State Park
-27° Rice, Cumberland WI
-26° Mora, Princeton
-25° Long Prairie, Ladysmith WI
-24° Cambridge, Melrose, Buffalo
-23° Zumbrota, Santiago, Rice Lake WI, Bloomer WI, New Richmond WI
-22° Chaska, Harris, Glenwood, St. Cloud, Paynesville, Lake Elmo, Red Wing, Stanley WI, Hudson WI
-21° Rush City, Forest Lake, Hastings, Henderson, Belgrade
-20° Chanhassen, Alexandria, Starbuck, Kimball, Benson, Baldwin WI, Cottage Grove
-19° Wyoming, Rosemount, Eden Prairie, Richfield, Elk River, Morris
-18° Carver, Cannon Falls, Stanton, Menomonie WI, White Bear Lake
-17° New Ulm, Lakeville, Albert Lea, Hutchinson, Jordan, Owatonna, Waseca, Dayton
-16° MSP Airport, Maple Grove, Crystal, Glencoe, Litchfield, Vadnais Heights
-15° Anoka, Blaine, Clara City, Montevideo, Blue Earth, Pennock, St. Paul, Fairbault, Prior Lake
-14° Milan, Redwood Falls
-11° Mankato, Fairmont, St. James
This cold air has now been sucked all the way to the Gulf of Mexico which is leading to a winter storm that has been seen in a few years. Areas of snow, freezing rain, and sleet will coat the south from Houston through New Orleans, Atlanta, Savannah, the Carolinas, and all the way up to Virginia Beach. Several inches of snow can be expected on the northern and eastern edge of this band of precipitation which could rival all time record snowfalls for parts of the Carolinas.
Meanwhile, along the coast, freezing rain will be the biggest issue with upwards of an inch of ice likely to coat areas of Alabama, Georgia and the coasts of the Carolinas. Widespread power outages are likely as lines topple under the weight of the ice. More than 3000 flights have been cancelled so far Tuesday with more expected right into Wednesday for the major hubs of Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte.