ELY — Temperatures in parts of northern Minnesota dropped into the 40s below zero on Sunday morning — the second straight morning of bitterly cold conditions.
The National Weather Service received a report of 45 below zero at Sea Gull Lake along the Gunflint Trail.
Other low temperatures included 44 below at Ash Lake in northern St. Louis County; and 42 below at Babbitt, Crane Lake and Celina.
The mercury at the Rochester International Airport bottomed out at 8 below on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to moderate slightly, before snow moves in on Tuesday. Predictions call for 1 to 3 inches on Tuesday. After the snow, temperatures will plummet again.
On Sunday, the lowest wind chill observed was 55 below zero at Ely, with 52 below near Margie and 49 below at Bigfork and the Grand Marais airport.
Other Sunday morning low temperatures — air temperature, not counting the wind — reported by the National Weather Service included:
41 below — Kabetogama
40 below — Orr, Effie, Gunflint Lake
38 below — Ely, Birchdale, Bigfork
37 below — Littlefork, Cook, Margie
35 below — Cotton, Hibbing, International Falls, Baudette
34 below — Makinen
33 below — Northome
32 below — Hill City, Cass Lake
31 below — Walker, Bemidji
29 below — Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Grand Marais airport, Roseau
23 below — Brainerd
20 below — Duluth airport, Staples
9 below — St. Cloud, Alexandria, Fairmont, Cambridge, Princeton
8 below — Mankato, Redwood Falls, Willmar, Rochester
4 below — Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport