The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 29, 2013

Cold closes ski area, skating rink

The Mankato Free Press

---- — DULUTH — Extremely cold weather forced the closure of Duluth's Spirit Mountain ski area, while prompting wind chill warnings and advisories throughout the state.

Spirit Mountain and Duluth's Bayfront skating rink were closed Sunday due to the cold. The ski area planned to reopen today with limited hours.

Much of the state is in a deep freeze that's expected to stick around for a while.

Northern Minnesota is under a wind chill warning — with some areas seeing wind chills ranging from negative 30 to negative 50 degrees. Southern Minnesota is under a wind chill advisory.

It was minus 10 degrees in St. Cloud at 10 a.m. Sunday, with a wind chill factor of 30 degrees below zero.

In International Falls, the temperature alone dipped to 25 degrees below zero.

The Associated Press