The dangerous cold invading Minnesota has forced Gov. Mark Dayton to close K-12 public schools statewide on Monday -- the first such order by a Minnesota governor this century.
"The safety of Minnesota's schoolchildren must be our first priority," Dayton said in a press release issued on Friday.
"I have made this decision to protect all of our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecast for [this] Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions."
Residents should follow the governor's advice to avoid suffering from frostbite or hypothermia.
"One of most dangerous aspects of this Arctic outbreak will be the gusty winds accompanying the subzero temperatures," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada.
Temperatures will start Monday in the minus 30s across northern Minnesota and the minus 20s to the south, then will not climb above 10 below zero statewide during the day.
Every Minnesota community will record dangerously cold AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures of 40 below zero or lower every hour of Monday.
In Minneapolis, Monday's expected actual high and low will challenge long-standing records. Monday's current record low is 27 below zero from 1912, while the coldest record high is 14 below zero from 1909.
While turning out not as harsh as Monday, the subzero cold will continue statewide on Tuesday.
Former Gov. Arne Carlson canceled all Minnesota public schools three times in the 1990s due to extreme cold, according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office. The most recent occurrence was on Jan. 16, 1997.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Hurricane Sandra, located hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico, is becoming better organized and will likely track northward through the rest of the week.
A few days of drier weather is expected across southern India before downpours return this weekend.
An expanding area of snow, rain, wind and cold will hamper Thanksgiving travel in the West, while most areas east of the Rockies can expect no major weather-related problems during the early to middle part of this week.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck near the Peru-Brazil border region shortly before 6 p.m. local time Tuesday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A second 7.6 earthquake occurred about five minutes later.
Astoria, Or (1998)
5.56 inches of rain fell, setting a new all-time record. the previous rainfall record was 4.53 inches from January 9, 1966.
Great Appalachian Storm (24th-26th) developed greatest wind force, deepest snow, most severe early-season cold in history of the Northeast: 18.8 inches of snow at Akron, OH; Youngstown, OH, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.7 inches and a maximum single storm total of 28.7 inches; Steubenville, OH, had a maximum single storm total of 36.3 inches; Pittsburgh, PA, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 27.7 inches; and Charleston, WV had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 15.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 25.6 inches. At coastal stations such as Newark and Boston single-minute wind speeds in excess of 80 mph were registered. There was a 108 mph gust at Newark. Peak gusts of 110 were noticed at Concord, NH; 108 mph at Newark, NJ; and 100 mph at Hartford, CT. Atop Mt. Washington, a wind gust of 160 mph hit from the southeast early on the 26th. Central Park, in the heart of sheltered Manhattan Island, set an 80-year record of 70 mph.
Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (1971)
Heavy snowfall in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. It started to snow the night before, and by about noon Thanksgiving Day 11/25/71, 20.5 inches of snow was reported on the ground at the Avoca, PA airport. Some of the surrounding areas had even more snow. Dallas, PA, had 27 inches and parts of the Poconos had as much as 30 inches. Barn roofs collapsed, power lines were downed, and tree branches were broken. The majority of the snow fell within 12 hours.