Sunday -- the high temperature in Minot was 40 degrees...
It was setting up something the region has been used to this year -- drastic temperature changes in very short periods of time.
By the time many folks were moving Monday, the mercury had dipped below zero, with wind chill factors reaching to near 30 below...a 70 degree departure from what it felt like yesterday.
Still, most folks who were out on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday were taking it in stride...
Perry Olson has more.
(Perry Olson - KX News) "After a couple of weeks of tropical winter weather for ND, it was a return to what we are used to here in the state. Blustery, cold, nasty winter weather." (MOS) "It is alright...not bad. The cold doesn't phase me when it is like this...when it gets into the negatives..."
The temps did dip below zero, if just barely on Monday...but pair a nasty wind, and you were looking at near 30 below wind chills today.
It was a day you may search out a refrigerated truck even to warm up from the blistering cold brought on by the wind. Driving conditions were relatively good...with traffic moving at normal speed on major highways. The snow that did fall was barely measurable...but still enough that it had to be moved out to make room for those who were headed out.
"You are handling it ok...it is a little cold but it is ok..."
Sure it is nothing new...but in a year where temps jump way up and then zoom way down...it was shocking once again...perhaps we'll zoom back to above average just as quickly again -- and make it feel like...you know...Perry Olson, KX News.
The temps are expected to rebound pretty quickly...back close to average by the middle part of the week.