Bitter Cold for the Beargrease

I’ve always thought running the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon would be an awesome adventure. I know it’s a ton of work for the musher, dogs and handlers but it still sounds like fun. Except this year there is not any part of me that would want to be out on the trail with the prediction of -40 to -60 degree windchill ratings.  The wind combined with a low into the -30′s and a high of -11 degrees sounds like a very uncomfortable situation for mushers and their dogs.

It’s another two hour delay for the school kids this morning and Tuesday is predicted to be just as cold.  These poor kids are missing out on school way too much this year, only they aren’t very upset.

Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Southern Cook / North Shore, Cook County

Wind Chill Warning issued January 26 at 6:20PM CST until January 28 at 12:00PM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Sunday, Jan 26 at 06:20 pm
Expires: Tuesday, Jan 28 at 12:00 pm
…GUSTY WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL…
..DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY…
.SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING AS GUSTY WINDS
MOVE IN FROM THE NORTHWEST. ALTHOUGH WIDESPREAD ADDITIONAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS ARE NOT FORECAST TO BE SIGNIFICANT FOR MOST AREAS…BLOWING
SNOW WILL PRODUCE VERY LOW VISIBILITIES. AREAS OF THE SOUTH SHORE
WILL LIKELY SEE THE MOST SNOW TONIGHT…AROUND 2 TO 4 INCHES IS
POSSIBLE. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF
NORTHEAST MINNESOTA AND NORTHWEST WISCONSIN.
WIND CHILL VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO PLUMMET INTO THE 40 TO 60 BELOW
ZERO RANGE AT TIMES LATER TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. AIR
TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE 20S AND 30S BELOW ZERO IN MUCH OF
THE NORTHLAND. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL MAKE CONDITIONS
DANGEROUS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
TONIGHT…
…WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
NOON CST TUESDAY…
* LOCATION…ALL OF NORTHEAST MINNESOTA AND SECTIONS OF EXTREME
NORTHWEST WISCONSIN.
* TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING…DIMINISHING
AS THE NIGHT PROGRESSES. BLOWING SNOW WILL PERSIST THROUGH THIS
EVENING GRADUALLY DIMINISHING OVERNIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…MOST AREAS WILL PICK UP A COUPLE MORE
TENTHS OF AN INCH…WITH SOME LOCALIZED AMOUNTS TO 2 INCHES.
THE SNOWBELT OF ASHLAND AND IRON COUNTIES COULD RECEIVE ANOTHER
4 INCHES OF SNOW.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST 15 TO 30 MPH THIS EVENING. GUSTS OF
35 TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED. LOW VISIBILITIES WILL OCCUR…AND SPOTTERS
AND PUBLIC REPORTS OF NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN
REPORTED SOUTH OF AITKIN AND OVER NORTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY ALONG
HIGHWAY 13.
* WIND CHILL VALUES…40 TO 60 BELOW ZERO AT TIMES EARLY MONDAY
MORNING AND AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT. LOWEST VALUES OVER NORTHERN
MINNESOTA.
* IMPACTS…UNDER THESE VERY COLD CONDITIONS…EXPOSED FLESH CAN
EXPERIENCE FROST BITE IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS THAT ARE MORE EXPOSED TO THE WIND. ROADS MAY BE SLICK AND HAZARDOUS…SO ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

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