Audio: Coldest temps since 1996!

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Jan 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Forecasters are calling it a "polar vortex," but by any definition, it's just plain cold.

St. Cloud bottomoned out at 24 degrees below zero Monday morning, with wind chill values of 50 below zero, making it the coldest morning in central Minnesota since 1996.

Forecaster Michelle Margraf at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says wind chill values in west-central and northern Minnesota approached 60 below zero Monday morning.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for the entire state through noon Tuesday. Monday's high temperatures will be only in the teens below zero. 

Temperatures might not get above zero until Wednesday, but Margraf says a warmup is in the forecast that could bring high temperatures close to 30 degrees by Saturday. 

Margraf says it's as cold as it's been since 1996

Margraf says wind chills in Minnesota approached 60 below zero

Margraf says we'll see a big improvement in temperatures this weekend

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