- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesotans are in for a spell of frigidly cold weather in the first full week of 2015.

Temperatures fell below zero in northern, central and western Minnesota early Sunday, including in International Falls, where the temperature fell to 22 below zero, and in Orr, where it hit 20 below, according to the National Weather Service.

The bitter cold prompted Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth to close Sunday.

Minneapolis-St. Paul would struggle to warm up to zero Sunday, meteorologist Chris Franks said at the weather service office in Chanhassen.

“This is typically our coldest time of the year in Minnesota,” Franks said. He said snow on the ground and a dip south in the jet stream, allowing cold air from Canada to spill into Minnesota, also were contributing to the chill.

Lows Sunday night into Monday are forecast to plunge to minus 15 to minus 30. Wind chill readings as low as minus 35 to minus 45 are expected.

Wind chill warnings and advisories are out statewide through midday Monday while a winter storm watch is out for southern parts of Minnesota Monday afternoon through Monday night.

Another cold front is forecast to push into Minnesota Tuesday night, continuing the cold streak. Relief might come Thursday and Friday, with highs rising to 10 above, Franks said.

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