We’re coming up on some of the coldest weather so far this season. I understand it got pretty darn cold around here the last few days of January 2019. From what I’ve been told it was downright miserable as the region was in the grips of a “Winter Vortex.”

During the last week of January a year ago, Mankato hit -26 on that Tuesday night, which tied the record low, and the following night the thermometer bottomed out at -30. Those were the actual air temperatures! Factor in the wind and it felt like -57! Even those temps failed to break records. The winter of 1994 is in the books as one of the coldest in recent memory. “The cold in ’94 set a lot of records,” that’s according to meteorologist Brent Hewett. The cold hung around for a while in 1994 too as the negative temps continued for a 71-hour stretch.  That’s sucked but wasn’t as long of a stretch as it was in 1996. When at about the same time of the year the sub-zero marathon lasted for 91 hours. That stretch lasted from the evening of January 31st continuing to about 1 PM, February 4th.

What’s in store for Mankato over the next few days isn’t anything quite like 2019 or for sure the winter’s of 94′ and 96′. Here’s the latest forecast from the National Weather Service

A 30 percent chance of snow before 7 pm. Patchy blowing snow before 2 am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around –17. Wind chill values as low as -36. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Sunny and cold, with a high near -5. Wind chill values as low as -36. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around -17. Wind chill values as low as -29. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.
Patchy blowing snow after 3 pm. Sunny, with a high near 16. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Still, looks pretty cold to me. I’ve lived in Colorado and the midwest for most of my life so I know what cold is, however anything in the negative double digits, that’s freaking cold! So my question is “When is cold too cold?” “When is it so cold that even the natives complain?”