The arctic air has definitely arrived. Most schools in northern Minnesota are closed as windchills approach -50 F.
The temperature at 4:30 this morning at the Maple Grove Hospital was -24.8 with a windchill of -40 F. Against the urging of my wife I decided to go out and get in a run. I ran for 50 minutes and was actually able to stay quite warm with the exception of my rear end! I hope I don't end up with a chapped ass. Running in the cold and staying warm is not as difficult as many would think. Also, there is this misconception out there that you can freeze your lungs. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone doing that. Granted the cold air can be dry and it can irritate your throat although I've never really had any issues with this.
I spent some time last night going through gear and getting things ready for trip up to the North Shore. My pogies were delivered last night so now I shouldn't have any issues with cold hands while I'm riding up north. Thanks Doug for the great advice!
Anyway, it's cold, but get out and enjoy it!