America’s 50 Coldest Cities

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According to a recent forecast by the National Weather Service, a pipeline of Arctic air may bring temperatures to record lows in the Northeast over the next several days.

Temperatures are expected to reach a low of 20 degrees in New York City tomorrow — in what would be the coldest Thanksgiving Day in the Big Apple since 1901 — with frigid winds blowing up to 25 miles per hour during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

While a freezing Thanksgiving may be new to some New Yorkers, there are dozens of cities that spend more than half the year in sub 32-degree weather. A majority of these cities have record low temperatures below minus 45 degrees, and receive more than 60 inches of snow every year.

Using daily temperatures tracked over a 30-year period, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines the normal high and low temperatures for every month for over 250 cities. To identify America’s 50 coldest cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the minimum average temperature for the coldest month from 1981 to 2010 for every city with at least 10,000 residents with data from the NOAA.

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Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology.