MASON CITY — Very cold temperatures persist early this morning. Winds are much lighter than Tuesday night, but the conditions remain dangerous and as minimum wind chill values range from around 20 below zero over southwest Iowa to near 40 below zero over parts of north central and northeast Iowa. Temperatures and wind chills will finally rise above dangerous levels before noon today. A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 11:00 this morning for our listening area. A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.
=== Wednesday’s high in Mason City was only -17. The National Weather Service in Des Moines says that not only ranks as a new daily low maximum temperature record for January 30th, but it also ranks second all-time in Mason City for the coldest high temperature. The record is -20 set back on December 23rd 1983.