The Twin Cities has yet to fall below zero this winter. While likely nobody is unhappy about that, it’s now the middle of January and that’s more than unusual to say the least. Granted, the north metro has been below zero a couple of times so far, but the official climate site for the metro, MSP Airport, has only been to zero once, back on New Year’s Day.
Now because of the tardiness of the true arctic cold, we are now within reach of breaking the record for the latest first subzero temperature during a season. The current record stands on January 18th from three different years, the most recent being 2012.
During a “typical” year, the metro will get our first subzero temperature during the 2nd week of December and we should see 24 calendar days where the temp dips into the negative numbers. Considering we have yet to tally a day, we will likely come up short of average… which I doubt anyone is complaining about.