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Cold conditions did not stop this trio from skating into the new year on Monday afternoon at the Solheim School rink in south Bismarck. Pulling Izabell Krous, left, across the ice are Kinley Hoerer, center, and Ava Whorley, all 11 years old. "We're pulling Izabell because she can't really go that fast," said Whorley. And despite the thermometer reading 3 degrees below zero and a steady north wind, the girls kept skating. "It's not really that cold," said Krous.

The lowest wind chill in North Dakota Sunday night into Monday was minus 46 degrees in Rolla.

Bone-chilling cold was seen across central and western North Dakota early Monday, including minus 22 degrees in Bismarck, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. 

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory Monday morning through noon New Year's Day for portions of north central, northwest, south central and southeast North Dakota.

Alex Edwards, a meteorologist for NWS in Bismarck, said an arctic air mass moving down from the north is causing the sudden blast of cold weather.

"We’re actually not seeing our general rise in temperatures (on Monday) just because we have a lot of cold air moving in from the north the last couple days," he said.

Edwards said the coldest wind chills will occur early New Year's Day — in the central to northern portions of the state, but expect a "warm up" mid-day Tuesday, with temperatures in the west rising to the teens above zero.

A more significant warm up occurs through the end of the week, Edwards said.

On Wednesday, high temperatures are expected to be in the 30s for most of the west and central Dakota, including 32 degrees in Bismarck. Then, on Thursday and Friday, temperatures will be in the 30s and even possibly 40 degrees in Bismarck.

"The would definitely be above normal," Edwards said.

The high temperature in Bismarck will be in the 30s on Saturday, possibly returning to a normal temperature on Sunday.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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