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La Crosse, WI (KROC AM News) - The National Weather Service is reporting the possible arrival of very cold temperatures by the end of the week:

“We're monitoring signals for a potential intrusion of Arctic air plunging into the region by next weekend. Exactly how cold temperatures will drop is not yet certain this far out, but it would hold the potential to be our coldest airmass of the season so far. Stay tuned for updates in the coming days and start thinking about necessary preparations.”

The frigid weather could linger for several days.

National Weather Service

So far, the Rochester area has experienced a warmer-than-normal winter season. Average daily temperatures have frequently been above normal. The average for November was 4 degrees above normal. It was 5 degrees above normal in December and January.

There have only been 6 days with low temperatures that fell below zero - two in December and four in January.

The coldest temperature recorded at the Rochester airport so far this winter is -8 on Jan. 20th.

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