Friday night, there weren't many creatures stirring as the mercury dipped well below zero.
Temperatures last night in the northwest suburbs hit about 13 degrees below zero. With about 10 mph winds, the wind chill was more than 30 below.
Expect more of the same, at least early this week in St. Michael-Albertville and the rest of the Twin Cities. Temps aren't supposed to get above zero here either Monday, Dec. 9 or Wednesday, Dec. 11. We could see teens by the end of the week, which would bring us back to some more "seasonable" warmth.
With all this cold, Twin Cities Patch Senior Local Editor Mike Schoemer went back to his roots.
Schoemer, a South Dakota native, attended college in icy Moorhead, MN and was inspired by a meteorologist (and friend) there to conduct an experience with some very cold air (provided by Mother Nature) and a steaming cup of water (provided by Keurig).
And the experiment was a success.
Hot water, when launched into bitterly cold and dry air, will freeze and evaporate, creating a fine, crystallized mist that appears to be much like snow.
The result is a "snow cloud," and one exciting, if not bone-chilling, video.