Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It hasn’t been this cold in the Rochester area since that Siberian streak of temperatures experienced in the second half of January last year.

That streak included a minus 30 on Jan. 31st, 2019

The airport temperature fell to - 24 at 6:39 AM Friday, which broke the record low of -23 for Valentine’s Day that was set in 1951. Wind chill temps were in the minus 30 to 45-degree range Friday morning.

The temperature at the Rochester airport fell to -18 at 11:00 PM Thursday, setting a record for Feb. 13. The previous record low was -16 in 1971.

Thursday’s high was only 2 above and that occurred just after midnight and temps stayed below zero all day and will stay there until sometime Friday. The high of 2 degrees was also a record. The previous record low high temperature was 5 set in 1970.

Hang in there - it will be more than 50 degrees warmer Saturday.

Rochester and several other area school districts are opening late Friday because of the frigid weather.

Check here for more information from Rochester Public Schools.

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