St. Paul Winter Carnival kicking off in frigid cold

-25 wind chill is the cold cut-off

Sloane Martin
January 23, 2019 - 7:31 am

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A Winter Storm Watch and "ground blizzard" warnings are posted for the western part of the state Wednesday night through Thursday morning. 

In the metro, frigid cold and dangerous wind chill will take hold Thursday through the weekend, which might affect plans, even in Minnesota where residents take pride in engaging in outdoor, winter activities.

"We're hearing about this cold front coming in so I would say maybe Thursday and Friday are the days we're keeping an eye on right now," St. Paul Winter Carnival spokesperson Jennifer Tamburo said.

Tamburo says organizers are required to cancel outdoor events if the wind-chill drops to 25-below -- And that could happen Thursday evening during the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade in St. Paul.

"We laugh," she said. "It's really our tradition, or legend. We talk about King Boreas, the brother of the four Winds, and they bring in this cold for the celebration."

The 131st annual Winter Carnival is one of several events happening during what's being dubbed the "Great Northern," including the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and the City of Lakes Loppet. The events still have the green light.

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