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Wind chill to remain factor Tuesday

Oddvar Kopischke heads out on the trail in the subzero weather on Christmas Day at the Northland Arboretum. The wind chill was 31 degrees below zero about 4 p.m. Monday. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

The Northland appears to be in the freezer for at least the next week, with wind chills expected to remain a factor through Wednesday morning.

While the National Weather Service set a wind chill warning to expire noon Tuesday, Dec. 26, an advisory for dangerously cold temperatures remained in place through noon Wednesday. The areas affected are Crow Wing, northern and southern Aitkin, Carlton and southern St. Louis counties, including the cities of Brainerd, Hill City, Aitkin and Duluth.

Weather observations at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport showed actual air temperature dipped below zero about 9 p.m. Sunday and never rebounded to positive digits. With the wind chill factor, temperatures felt subzero by about 4 p.m. Sunday and hovered between 22 and 35 below zero from about 1 a.m. Monday onward. The temperatures and wind brought one of the coldest Christmases in decades to the state.

The high temperature in the forecast for Tuesday, Dec. 26, is 7 degrees below zero, while Wednesday's forecast predicts temps will reach no higher than zero. Snow showers are considered likely for Wednesday night into Thursday, when the high temperature rises to 8 degrees.

The normal maximum temperature at the end of December in the Brainerd area is 22 degrees, with an average low of 3 degrees.

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