While a heavy jacket with mesh shorts might not be comfortable for most on a day like Monday, it worked for Casey Sailer.
The 19-year-old Northern State University student grew up in LaMoure, N.D., and is used to the frigid weather.
"My legs aren't really cold," he said, looking down at his bare legs.
Sailer, a freshman on the university's football team, was lifting weights in the Barnett Center and decided to walk with two other teammates to get a protein shake. Though all three wore mesh shorts, they all disagreed on how cold it was. One said it was all right while another said it was freezing. At 2:30 p.m. when the temperature was around 5, Sailer classified the temperature as bearable.
Five degrees was the high Monday as temperatures bottomed out at 11 below zero, said Travis Tarver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. With the wind chill, it felt like negative 15 to 25, he said.
During the 2011-12 winter, the lowest temperature was 13 below, Tarver said. So far this winter, the coldest temperature was in early December, when the mercury dropped to 17 below.
At Lakewood Mall, Earnie and Sharon Kervy avoided the cold by walking laps inside for exercise. They often exercise outside when the weather is nicer.
Earnie Kervy said walking out in temperatures this low is dangerous because there's a danger of slipping on ice.
He and his wife frequent the Aberdeen Area Senior Center, but Earnie Kervy said he doesn't like to walk the treadmill there.
"It's like a hamster in a wheel," he said.
Monday's temperature came as a surprise to the couple, who said it was around 50 when they were in Sioux Falls the previous week.
The remainder of the week is expected to warm up, with highs possibly climbing to double digits today through Thursday, meteorologist Dan Mohr said. Friday, the high temperature is expected to be around 2.
Saturday and Sunday will warm up with highs in the 20s, Mohr said.
Lows throughout the week are expected to stay in the negatives until the weekend, he said.
As far as snow goes, Mohr said there was a 40 percent chance of flurries this afternoon.
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