GLOBAL WARMING RAMPS UP: USA ushers in 2014 with record-low temps

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The recent surge of arctic air in Wisconsin has led to record-breaking low temperatures in places like Owen, a Clark County town that hit minus 31 degrees this week.

A La Crosse Tribune report says records were tied or broken in about half a dozen cities in the region.

The La Crosse airport hit a low of minus 17 degrees. That tied a record set in 1976. Friendship also tied a record with temperatures of minus 22.

Owen got down to minus 31 degrees, two degrees colder than the previous record set in 1963.

Zack Taylor is a meteorologist with the National Weather service. He says the cold is part of an arctic front. He says temperatures should warm up a tad later this week, but another arctic front could arrive by the weekend.

Cold, blustery conditions will push across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest on Tuesday as an arctic air mass sweeps across the region.

WCCO meteorologists are forecasting the coldest New Year’s Eve ever in International Falls, Minn. The forecast is a low of -39° (the old record is -38°).

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