January weather forecast and climate
Minnesota, USA

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Flag of Minnesota, USA

Weather in January

January is typically the coldest and snowiest month of the year in Minnesota with frigid temperatures. It is exceedingly challenging to stay outdoors, even for a few minutes without heavy coats, caps, and mittens. The temperatures are severe, often below -10°F (-23.3°C) and plummeting to -30°F (-34.4°C) in the northeast. Saint Paul, the capital in the south, has average temperatures in the 7°F (-13.9°C) to 24°F (-4.4°C) range, while International Falls in the northeast registers frigid temperatures between -7°F (-21.7°C) to 15°F (-9.4°C).
Duluth on the Lake Superior coastline records up to 20" (508mm) of snow, while the rest of the state registers 8" (203mm) to 15" (381mm). Wind speeds exacerbate the effect of the cold further, and snowstorms deposit massive amounts of snow in the winter.
Black ice and slippery roads make driving a challenge with the need for snow tires. Conditions are favorable for skiing, snowmobiling, skating, and ice fishing. New Year's week is icy, and January is the time to avoid a visit to Minnesota.
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