Coldest Cities in the US During Winter
Out of the 51 largest cities in United States, Minneapolis, Minnesota has the coldest winter weather, based on average daily temperatures. It's the only American city that normally remains well below freezing throughout the day during December, January and February.
The extreme winter weather at Minneapolis covers the entire metropolitan area, taking in the adjoining city of St. Paul, where the temperature is no warmer.
These rankings of coldest cities use long-term temperature averages, based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
The major cities included in the weather rankings represent the 51 metropolitan areas in the United States with the most people, all those with over one million residents in 2010, according to the US Census Bureau. A complete list of America's 51 largest urban centers is available here.
Mean daily temperatures for 15 US cities are typically at or below freezing (32 °F) in winter.
|City||Daily Winter Mean|
|Rochester, New York||27||-3|
|Buffalo, New York||27||-3|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||31||0|
|Providence, Rhode Island||32||0|
Coldest Winter Days
These big American cities have temperatures that on an average winter's day don't get above 40 °F (4.4 °C).
|City||Average Winter High|
|Buffalo, New York||34||1|
|Rochester, New York||34||1|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||39||4|
Chilliest Winter Lows
Temperatures drop below 25 °F (-3.9 °C) in these major
US cities during a typical winter night.
|City||Average Winter Low|
|Rochester, New York||20||-7|
|Buffalo, New York||21||-6|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||23||-5|
|Providence, Rhode Island||24||-5|
National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.