Cold weather leads to cancellations, caution

8:02 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Courtesy: Minnesota DNR

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Extreme cold weather has postponed outdoor events and cancelled others, but not everyone is racing indoors to beat the cold.

The extreme cold has forced cross country skiing races to be postponed at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis on Monday.

The Oval Ice Rink in Roseville closed due to the extreme temps, too.

"We're offering free got cocoa," chucked Fred Seymour with the Hyland Ski Are in Bloomington.

Skiers and snowboarders still hit the hills at Hyland despite dangerous wind chills.

"We kept a close eye on everyone,"said Seymour. "If we see signs of frostbite we will tell them to come inside."

Some schools in Minnesota plan to close or open late as the coldest air of the winter settles in.

The Duluth News Tribune reports all public, private and charter schools in Duluth will be closed Tuesday because of the extreme cold and wind-chills.

Other Minnesota school districts planning to open two hours late on Tuesday include Chokio-Alberta, Bertha-Hewitt and Dawson-Boyd.

Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth closed early Monday because of the cold.

The National Weather Service says Monday's high temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport only reached 2 below zero. That breaks a 4-year-old record of continuous high temperatures at or above zero at the airport.

Forecasters say lows Monday night will range from 20 to 30 below in northern Minnesota to 10 to 20 below in the south.

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