Cold air surges into Minnesota; ski area closes 05 Jan 15

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesotans are in for a spell of brutally cold weather in the first full week of 2015.

The National Weather Service says temperatures fell below zero in northern, central and western Minnesota early Sunday. International Falls dropped to 22 below zero and Orr hit 20 below.

The bitter cold prompted Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth to close Sunday.

Lows Sunday night into Monday are forecast to plunge to minus 15 to minus 30. Wind chill readings as low as minus 35 to minus 45 are expected.

Wind chill warnings and advisories are out statewide through midday Monday while a winter storm watch is out for southern parts of Minnesota Monday afternoon through Monday night.

Another cold front is forecast to push into Minnesota Tuesday night, continuing the cold streak.