Increasing the odds of a White Christmas, a long duration snow event swept across Minnesota on December 17-18, 2016
The cold peaked in the morning hours of Sunday December 18th, with temperatures falling into the -10s and -20s F across virually all of Minnesota. The lowest temperature in the state was -xx F, at XXX. Unlike many cold outbreaks, which rely on calm conditions and "radiational cooling," this one was ushered in by strong winds. As a result, many areas had windchills in the -30s and -40s on Sunday morning.
As cold as it was, there was nothing extrarodinary about this episode. In the Twin Cities, the low temperature of -xx F was X degrees shy of the record low forDecember 18th, and tied for just the xxth coldest December temperature on record. Another long-record stationThe cooperative observer in Milan, in west-central Minnesota recorded a low of -xx, which also was not a record and tied for the xth coldest reading at that location
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