Christmas brings sub-zero blast

Minnesotans have lots to brag about this week, with an onslaught of  brutally cold weather. The mercury plunged to minus 11 degrees Tuesday morning, making for a wind chill of minus 26 degrees. The extreme cold first took hold on Christmas Day, with a minus five degree reading. The sub-zero mass of Arctic air is expected to hover over the state through New Year’s Day on Monday.

A coating of snow Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22, was just enough to shovel and plow. A few more snowflakes arrived on Sunday to put the icing on a “white Christmas.”

About one inch of snow covers the landscape.