RealFeel Temperatures Near-Minus 60 Tonight

By , Senior Meteorologist
January 21, 2013; 4:38 AM ET
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The arctic cold plunging into the United States will drop RealFeel® temperatures will be down to 50 below zero or colder across the northern Plains tonight.

Thermometers across much of North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota will be measuring actual low temperatures colder than 20 below zero tonight.

However, a brisk northwest wind of 10 to 20 mph will dangerously drop RealFeel® temperatures toward or past 50 below zero.

The combination of the cold and wind will be so extreme in far northern North Dakota, including in Minot and Grand Forks, for RealFeel temperatures to even approach 60 below zero.

Actual and RealFeel temperatures will be at their coldest around dawn.

Little relief from the brutal cold will come after sunrise. In fact, Monday is shaping up to be the coldest day of the week with temperatures remaining below zero all day in and around Minnesota.

That includes Minneapolis, which has not endured a subzero high temperature since January 15, 2009, a record streak of 1,467 days (including today).

A high of only 15 below zero is expected in International Falls, Minn., making for the city's coldest day since temperatures were held to 22 below zero on February 2, 1996.

As will be the case tonight, the wind will continue to worsen the situation on Monday by holding RealFeel temperatures to 30 below zero or colder throughout Minnesota and surrounding areas.

While the brutal cold eases across western North Dakota, Monday night will be even colder than tonight throughout Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest.

Actual temperatures will bottom out at 32 below zero in International Falls, but some may find it hard to believe that the city has endured more frigid temperatures this time of year. The record low for Monday is 46 below zero (from 2011) with Tuesday's record 38 below zero from 1907.

Arctic air will continue to have a firm grip on International Falls and all of the Upper Midwest through at least the workweek.

Stay safe during this severe cold wave by following the tips given in this news story by Meteorologist Brian Edwards.

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