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Wind chill warning extended to Sunday in Grand Forks area

National Weather Service predicts that the long-running cold may set at least a top 15 record.

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A BNSF train traverses the frigid landscape along U.S. Highway 2 near East Grand Forks, Minn., during a snow storm on Saturday, Nov. 30. Kimberly Wynn / Grand Forks Herald

The National Weather Service has extended its wind chill warning through noon Sunday.

Dangerously cold wind chills will be as low as 50 below zero in portions of northwest Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota.

At 7 a.m. Tuesday, wind chill temperature was minus 34 degrees in Grand Forks. Devils Lake was even colder with a wind chill of minus 43 degrees.

The breezy winds on Tuesday could bring minor drifting snow across portions of eastern North Dakota, according to the National Weather Service.

A record extended run of days with the high temperature below zero was set in 1936 in Grand Forks with 19 days in a row. A more recent run of seven days with the high temperature below zero was set in 2019 in Grand Forks. The National Weather Service predicts that the area will likely set a top 15 record in the coming days.

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The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. Avoid outside activities, if possible. When outside, make sure you wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves.

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