INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – The "Icebox of the Nation" is living up to its name this morning.
The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota, said a record daily low temperature was set at International Falls at 42 degrees below zero on Thursday morning. The old record was negative 40 degrees set in 1982. This is the coldest temperature there since 2019 when it got to negative 46 degrees.
The all-time low was recorded at negative 55 degrees on Jan. 6, 1909.
The NWS said low temperatures fell well below zero with northern parts of Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties falling into the 40s below zero. This led to wind chills in the 40s and 50s below zero.
A new record low was also set in Hibbing at negative 36 degrees.
And if that wasn't cold enough, the coldest wind chill Thursday was 54 degrees below zero in Rugby, North Dakota. But anyone living there knows that this type of extreme temperature is not uncommon.
The temperature can actually dip to negative 54 degrees in a given year about 40-50% of the time.