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Deadly Cold Snap Takes Hold of North Dakota

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A deadly cold snap takes hold of North Dakota...

16 below is considered a high temperature Sunday and that doesn't even factor in the wind chill.

If you are exposed to the wind and cold, it can be dangerous to your health or even deadly.

But we still found plenty of you out and about.

Forecasters have been warning us for days, but the bitter and dangerous cold can still take you by surprise if you go outside for even a few minutes.

Droves of dedicated parishioners still show up for Sunday church.

"We're still here."

But walking or running even a short distance from your vehicle to inside is no easy feat.

From churches to schools, it's up to individual officials to decide whether the extreme cold warrants a snow day.

"Not letting my kids outside..."

It's a bad idea for kids adults or pets to be outside for an extended period of time on a day like this.

"Like I'm like freezing to death, this is absolutely ridiculous." says Amanda Beers.

Amanda Beers says she has to go out every hour to let her new puppy go outside.

"She's only six weeks old so, it's kind of insane to be potty training a dog in this kind of weather." says Beers.

This cold weather includes a high of 16 below and a wind that bites any exposed skin.

"Like you see the Ice Age movie you know, you feel like you're covered in ice." says Amanda Beers.

"Feels really cold, the wind chill makes it even colder, so being outside just to fill gas is super cold." says Hannah Hersch.

Although North Dakotans are supposed to be used to living in the cold, this is a lot for anyone in the state to handle.

 "I guess I've lived here all my life so I'm kind of used to it, but I love Bismarck so the cold is fine." says Hersch.

"I'm used to the cold, but this is the coldest I've ever felt it." says Beers.

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