BISMARCK, North Dakota — Bitterly cold weather continued to blanket the Dakotas as the workweek began, but the weather promised to warm by the weekend.
The National Weather Service on Monday posted wind chill advisories for both North Dakota and South Dakota, with the combination of cold temperatures and wind making it feel as cold as 40 degrees below zero in some areas.
The cold snap began late last week as arctic air rushed in behind a storm front that brought several inches of snow to many areas. Wind chills over the weekend plunged to as low as 47 degrees below zero in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and 51 degrees below zero in Dickinson, North Dakota
"You dress in layers and layers and move faster than you can think, because if you stop, you'll freeze up," Aberdeen taxi driver Janie Winson told the American News.
The cold weather didn't stop people from flocking to the Terry Peak Ski Area in western South Dakota's Black Hills when it opened for the season Saturday. The parking lot was filled with a couple of hundred cars all day long, President and General Manager Tom Marsing told KNBN-TV.
"We really wanted to snowboard," Dickinson resident Conner Krushevsky told the Rapid City Journal. "We've been waiting for this day forever."
National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Mathews told The Associated Press on Monday that the arctic air had already begun moving eastward and temperatures should get warmer as the week progresses, although with overnight lows remaining below zero in many areas.
"Warm relative to what we had this past weekend, but still cold," Mathews said.
High temperatures in the two states should be in the 20s and 30s by Thursday and Friday, he said.