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Max Hegna, 6, left, and Sam Hegna, who turns 4 on Friday, enjoy a milder-than-expected day Tuesday by sledding at Robbins Island, a city park in Willmar. The boys were there with their father, Jon Hegna of Willmar. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

What a difference a day makes: Paynesville, Minn., records lowest temp before afternoon rebound on New Year’s Day

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What a difference a day makes: Paynesville, Minn., records lowest temp before afternoon rebound on New Year’s Day
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

CHANHASSEN — The coldest actual temperature recorded overnight Monday into Tuesday was 21 degrees below zero at Paynesville Municipal Airport.

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According to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, the mark of 21 below was tied by a 21 below reading at Flensburg in Morrison County. Paynesville’s low temp was recorded at 3:34 a.m. Tuesday.

A low of 18 below was recorded Tuesday morning at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Other area temperatures included 16 below at Litchfield, 15 below at Pennock, 12 below at New London and 11 below at Willmar, Granite Falls and Prinsburg.

In the wind chill department, Paynesville also claimed the coldest reading, with 31 below recorded at 10:53 p.m. Monday evening. A chill of 28 below was registered at Pennock, with 21 below recorded at the Willmar airport. Litchfield registered a 22 below reading, while Granite Falls, Benson and Appleton had 23 below readings.

Tuesday’s high was 21 in Willmar and Paynesville.

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