Coldest April afternoon in more than 40 years

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While the calendar reads April, Friday felt more like January.  Waking up to temperatures in the low to mid-teens with gusty breezes dropping wind chills in the single digits and teens below zero.  That’s nothing unusual for Minnesota, but it’s no longer winter. 

The high temperature for the Twin Cities of 26° actually occurred at Midnight, and is the 12th coldest high temperature that has ever occurred in the Twin Cities in the month of April.  IF our cold front arrived just a couple hours sooner, Midnight temperatures would have been in the low 20s, which could have made our afternoon peak temperature our high for the day… and potentially be the coldest April day ever. 

The list above shows the coldest April days on record in the metro.  If we assume that these temperatures occurred in the afternoon, then our 21° afternoon high, than it would be the second coldest Friday afternoon in history… and the coldest April day since 1975.

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