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MASON CITY, Iowa - Tuesday's snowstorm brought 3 1/2 inches across North Iowa and 6-8 inches in Southern Minnesota, but it also brought record breaking overnight low temperatures.
Rochester tied their April 4, 1995 record of 6 degrees above 0 (and also tying the second coldest temperature in April on record), while Mason City broke their record of 9 by one degree at 8.
Kyra Isaacson and her family from Kentucky are visiting North Iowa to see family during their Spring Break, and while she expected snow, she did not expect the bone chilling cold.
"I didn't pack for this kind of weather. I was expecting 32 degrees," Isaacson says.
She also notes that there is quite a difference between the Northern and Southern states at the moment.
"We broke out the shorts the first day of Spring. And in Kentucky, we don't know how to drive in the snow," Isaacson adds.
Dalayne Germundson is the owner of Mason City Auto Sales, and says the extended cold is hurting business.
"Before we got all this snow, and these cold temps, business was good. Now it's dead in the water," Germundson says.
He hopes that warmer weather arrives soon.
"It's really getting to be a nuisance to have to clean all the snow off the cars, and move them and put them back. I'm definitely ready for Spring," Germundson adds.
Wednesday's weather was a stark contrast from this date last year: North Iowa and Southern Minnesota were warming up in the upper 50's and low 60's for highs, while lows were only in the low 40's.