Updated: 01/05/2014 11:25 AM
Created: 01/05/2014 11:24 AM KAALtv.com
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A cold snap that that National Weather Service is calling "historic and dangerous" has arrived in Minnesota.
Temperatures were down to 8 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities area around midmorning Sunday, with wind chills in the mid to high 20 degrees below zero.
It's even colder in far northern Minnesota, where the weather service reported temperatures in the mid-20s below zero and wind chills in the high 30s to mid-40s below zero in several cities, and a wind chill of minus 50 at Flag Island near the northernmost tip of the state.
Forecasters say extremely cold temperatures are on tap for Sunday night with temperatures dipping to between 25 below and 40 below, and wind chills plummeting to between 55 below and 65 below overnight.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowans are preparing to deal with bitter cold temperatures over the next few days, and some schools have cancelled classes as a precaution.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall as low as 15-to-25 degrees below zero Sunday night and Monday. And strong northwest winds will create wind chills of 35-to-60 degrees below zero across the state.
The coldest temperatures are expected in northern Iowa, but all of the state will experience the arctic blast.
Several school districts in northeast Iowa decided to cancel Monday's classes early because of the frigid forecast. School officials didn't want children to be standing outside waiting for buses during the dangerous cold.
The cancellations include the Mason City, Charles City, Marble Rock, Riceville and Hampton-Dumont districts.
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