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Rochester, MN  55904
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City of Rochester Responds to Record Low Temperatures

Post Date:01/28/2019 2:42 PM

According to the National Weather Service, the area is expected to see record low temperatures this week, specifically on Tuesday night through Thursday morning.  On Wednesday, January 30, the high temperature is expected to be approximately -19 degrees, with extreme wind chill.  It could be the coldest weather Rochester has experienced since 1996.  In these extreme conditions, frostbite can set in within 10 minutes of exposure to the weather. 

Safety First

City Administrator, Steve Rymer states, “As a city of compassion, we encourage all members of our community to put safety first.  The expected temperatures are dangerously cold.  By limiting your exposure, you also help our public safety teammates limit theirs.  This is a great reminder to keep a watchful eye out for neighbors and take extra care for family pets.  We encourage our community to use your very best judgment when being outside in these coming days.”

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is offering a Winter Warming Center.  It is located on the second floor at 20 First Avenue NE and will be open 24/7 on January 29 and January 30.

American Red Cross

The City of Rochester continues to be in close communication with the American Red Cross in the case a contingency plan needs to be enacted to responds to any weather related incidents.

City Hall Closed on January 30

City Hall will be closed on January 30 due to the wind chill warning.  Only essential services, including that of public works and public safety departments will be active. 

Rochester Public Transit Free to Stay Warm

From January 28- February 1, Rochester Public Transit (RPT)operating buses along any of the direct routes will offer free service for anyone needing a ride to stay warm.  There is nothing needed other than to let the driver know you are using the bus due to the cold weather.

PLEASE NOTE:  Routes are impacted through Thursday, January 31 due to extreme conditions.  Please read this article for route change information.

Rochester Public Library

The Rochester Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 30.

Mayo Civic Center

All events at the Mayo Civic Center scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 have been cancelled or postponed.

Parks & Recreation

All outdoor activities for Wednesday, January 30 have been cancelled.  Graham Arena, the Recreation Center, and the National Volleyball Center will also be closed on January 30.  Those who participate in activities are encouraged to watch for updates, as activities on other days may be cancelled.  Warming houses at all outdoor ice rinks will be closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.

Planning & Zoning Meeting

The Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening has been cancelled.  The discussion about R2X and transit oriented development (TOD) will occur at the next meeting, which is scheduled for February 13.