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BY THE NUMBERS: Winter season worst in 30 years

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For many Minnesotans, this winter has been the worst in recent memory -- but is it really that bad? Fox 9 News took a look at the data to find out how this year stacks up against winters past.

This season has tested even the hardiest of souls, but Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard confirmed it's not an all-time, record-breaking cold winter -- even if it feels like it.

The numbers don't lie, and any way you slice or spin them, it's clear this winter has been miserable. For the 16th straight day, Minnesotans woke up to a sub-zero low. In total, there have been 42 days this season that have seen a sub-zero start.

"We haven't done that since the winter of 1981-82," Leonard said. "I was still in high school. That was a long time ago."

It's been so long, that for anyone under 30, this could very well be considered the worst winter ever, at least temperature-wise. Tuesday's high in the Twin Cities topped out at just 11 degrees even though averages for Feb. 11 suggest the temperature should have been closing in on 30.

Yet, there is a silver lining. Leonard confirmed a welcome warm-up is finally on the horizon -- and he predicts an end to the long sub-zero stretches.

"I will go out on that limb," he said. "As we head into next week, we'll be talking high in the lower 30s. Some areas will be 30-degrees warmer."

In terms of cold, Leonard estimates that Minnesota could be on pace for a Top 25 winter, and with record-keeping that goes back more than a century, that's pretty significant.

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