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Grand Forks area residents could be making their Friday commute in the coldest temperatures yet this winter.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said the next few days could register as “a little deeper into the freeze” than the sustained cold of the past few weeks. By Friday, Kaiser said, low temperatures could hit negative 30 degrees. So far, the coldest temperature of the winter was recorded at 21 degrees below zero.

The low temperature for Wednesday was expected to hang in the negative teens, with a high for the day forecast at a few degrees below zero. From that comparatively balmy point, the National Weather Service was expecting a downward slide into Friday. While Thursday is expected to be similar to Wednesday in terms of air temperatures, wind speeds are forecast to pick up to around 20 mph with gusts as great as 35 mph.

“It’s going to feel nasty,” Kaiser said.

Though wind speeds are predicted to fall as Friday blows in, the potential for sustained winds of around 10 mph mean that wind chill temperatures could hit 50 degrees below zero in parts of the Red River Valley. With the worst of the cold weather expected to be in the area around 6 to 8 a.m. Friday morning, commuters might want to bundle up before heading to work.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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