This article is the continuation of Part 1 of the 30 coldest U.S. cities. As the nation prepares for the upcoming winter weather season, this listing of cities represents Part 2 of the 30 coldest cities in America. While this listing is not complete, it is a fair representation of some of the coldest regions in the nation. Based on average winter temperatures, these U.S. cities should be avoided during the winter season. Here is Part 2 of the listing of 30 coldest U.S. cities to avoid during the winter season.
16. Minneapolis, Minnesota–With a population of nearly 410,000 city residents (as of 2014), Minneapolis is the largest and most populous city in Minnesota. The city experiences extreme temperature variations throughout the year. The winters are characterized as subarctic with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall while the summers are humid and even subtropical. The snowiest winter on record for Minneapolis occurred in 1983 when almost 100 inches of snowfall was recorded.
17. St. Paul, Minnesota–With a population of nearly 300,000 city residents (as of 2014), St. Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of Minnesota. Due to the Midwest continental climate, this city experiences one of the greatest ranges of temperature extremes of any capital in the world. In fact, St. Paul is considered a “weather vortex” of sorts in that it experiences various types of weather including sleet, ice, snow, rain, tornadoes, and thunderstorms, in addition to its well-documented frigid and snowy winters.
18. La Crosse, Wisconsin–With a population of nearly 53,000 city residents (as of 2014), La Crosse is primarily a university region. The city is situated alongside the Mississippi River and well-known for its frigid winters. Its average annual snowfall is approximately 45 inches and its residents have to deal with freezing temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
19. Woodbury, Minnesota–With a population of about 67,000 (as of 2014), Woodbury is the largest city in Washington County, Minnesota. The city is known for its parks, trails, and outdoor sports facilities. However, Woodbury winters transform the region into an ice and snow wonderland with frigid temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
20. Madison, Wisconsin–With a population of nearly 245,000 city residents (as of 2013), Madison is the capital and second-largest city in the state. The city is located in South Wisconsin and has a humid continental climate, which is marked by great temperature variations and diverse weather patterns. While summers are often balmy and hot, winters can be quite cold with below freezing temperatures and moderate to heavy snowfall.
21. Anchorage, Alaska–With a population of just over 300,000 (as of 2013), Anchorage is the largest and most populous city in Alaska. While the city has a subarctic climate, its weather is not as severe as one might believe due to its proximity to the ocean. However, the winters are harsh and extremely frigid with its average annual snowfall exceeding 75 inches, as well as its lowest recorded temperature of -38 degrees Fahrenheit.
22. Waterloo, Iowa–With a population of nearly 68,000 city residents (as of 2012), Waterloo is the sixth-largest city in Iowa. The city occupies a total area of 63.23 square miles. In addition to its very long and cold winters, Waterloo also has to deal with occasional flooding from the nearby Cedar River. In 2008, the region was struck by the worst floods in its history. Then, it experienced an extreme freezing period with temperatures dropping to –34 degrees Fahrenheit in 2009.
23. Appleton, Wisconsin–Appleton is a city situated within three counties (Outagamie (majority), Calumet, and Winnebago) in the State of Wisconsin. The city is located on the Fox River, 100 miles north of Milwaukee and 30 miles southwest of Green Bay. Moreover, Appleton is the administrative center of Outagamie County. The winters are usually long in this region with heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures reaching as low as – 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for ice hockey players and skiers.
24. Green Bay, Wisconsin–With a population of nearly 105,000 city residents (as of 2013), Green Bay is the third-largest city in Wisconsin (after Milwaukee and Madison). Due to its proximity to nearby Lake Michigan, the city experiences very frigid, long, and snowy winters. In fact, there are 68 days when the temperature in Green Bay remains at or below freezing on an annual basis. The lowest recorded temperature for Green Bay was -36 degrees Fahrenheit in 1888.
25. Bloomington, Minnesota–With a population of approximately 86,000 city residents (as of 2014), Bloomington is the fourth-largest city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It is situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and lies 10 miles south of Minneapolis. The city is home to Hyland Lake Park Reserve in the west, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the southeast, and several parks located throughout the city. Much like other cities in this region, Bloomington also experiences several arctic air masses and plummeting temperatures throughout the winter season.
26. Plymouth, Minnesota–With a population of just over 75,000 city residents (as of 2014), Plymouth is the seventh-largest and most populous city in Minnesota. Similar to other cities in this region, Plymouth has a typical Midwestern climate with very long and cold winters while the summers are hot and humid. The lowest recorded temperature in Plymouth was -39 degrees Fahrenheit in 1977.
27. Eagan, Minnesota–With a population of over 65,000 city residents (as of 2013), Eagan ranks as Minnesota’s eleventh largest city. The city was originally a rural Irish farming community. it is situated south of St. Paul in Dakota County, Minnesota. This region is also known for its extreme temperature changes. During the summer months, temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, winters are usually very frigid and cold with temperatures approaching -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
28. Maple Grove, Minnesota–With a population of nearly 67,000 city residents (as of 2014), Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The city serves as the cultural, medical, and retail center of the northwest region of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. In fact, one of the Twin Cities’ largest shopping centers, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, is located in Maple Grove. Similar to other cities in this region, Maple Grove also experiences very long, cold winters with plummeting temperatures throughout the winter season.
29. Binghamton, New York–With a population of over 47,000 city residents (as of 2010), Binghamton is a city located in and serves as the county seat of Broome County, New York. Moreover, Binghamton is also the principal city and cultural center of the Binghamton metropolitan area (also known as Greater Binghamton or the Triple Cities), which is home to over 250,000 people. The average monthly minimum temperature of Binghamton is 15.7 degrees Fahrenheit while the average monthly maximum temperature is 59.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its average annual snowfall is approximately 85 inches.
30. Syracuse, New York–With a population of approximately 145,000 city residents (as of 2013), Syracuse is the fourth most populous metropolitan city in New York. It is situated in and serves as the county seat of Onondaga County, New York. It is also the largest U.S. city with the name “Syracuse” and its metropolitan area had a population of 732,117 (as of 2013). Moreover, the city is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants. The average monthly minimum temperature of Syracuse is 15.7 degrees Fahrenheit while the average monthly maximum temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Its average annual snowfall is around 119 inches.
As the leaves fall and cold mornings occur with increasing frequency, there is no mistaking that the winter season is fast approaching. For those who cannot escape the impending winter weather, this listing of 30 coldest U.S. cities should be avoided during the winter season, based on average winter temperatures.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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