Coldest fall temperatures are lagging behind cities to our south

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The first freeze has come and gone, and now so has the first snow, but amazingly enough, there are some cities in the central and southern U.S. that have been colder so far this fall than the Twin Cities.

The list was quite long as we round out the month of October with a pretty large cold snap in the south leading to widespread lows below freezing.  But now, thanks in part to some of the snow that has fallen, the coldest temperature officially in the metro has been 26 degrees.

While that low may seem chilly, it’s still warmer than temperatures we typically see at this point in the season. For areas of the south, the sub-freezing temps have actually been a little ahead of schedule.

Here is a list of select cities across the central and southern U.S. that have either been colder than us the last couple of weeks or have been almost as cold… I also included a map that shows which climate sites in the Upper Midwest have hit the freeze mark and 28 degrees so far this season.