There is cold. Then there is North Dakota Cold.
Readings across northern North Dakota were routinely below -30 degrees Fahrenheit early Wednesday morning. A National Weather Service Cooperative reporter recorded -49 degrees just outside Rugby.
Wind chills were widely reported at less than -50 within the past 24 hours. That combination of wind and cold promotes the start of frostbite in just minutes.
Most of North Dakota is under a Wind Chill Warning through early Thursday.