Like it or not, our annual temperature transformation is well underway, although this year it seemed to be a bit more abrupt than usual.

So now that colder weather is our new reality for the next several months, you might be wondering just how harsh our temps are compared to other places around the country.

Well, wonder no more.

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The real estate website Refdin recently did a deep dive into the winter weather data for cities with populations of 75,000 or more from all across America.

Of the top ten coldest cities in the country, four are in the Tri-State (South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota) area.

Duluth is number two overall with an average annual temperature of just over 40 degrees. They spend more than half of each year under the freezing mark - 183 days.

Further south in the North Star State is the number four coldest city in America.

Saint Cloud's average annual temperature is just under 43 degrees and they spend an average of 176 days below freezing each year.

South Dakota's two largest cities also made the frigid list.

Sioux Falls checks in at number nine with an average annual temperature of 46.6 degrees and an average of 164 days below freezing.

That's right ahead of Rapid City with an average annual temperature of 46.7 degrees and an average of 171 days below freezing.

It's no surprise that Alaska is home to the coldest city in America. Anchorage is the only place on the list with an annual average temp under 40 degrees.

Alaska's largest city averages a whopping 191 days below freezing each year.

COLDEST CITIES IN AMERICA (Average annual temperature) 

  1. Anchorage, Alaska (37.6 degrees)
  2. Duluth, Minnesota (40.6 degrees)
  3. Fargo, North Dakota (42.2 degrees)
  4. Saint Cloud, Minnesota (42.9 degrees)
  5. Bismarck, North Dakota (43.1 degrees)
  6. Eau Claire, Wisconsin (44.7 degrees)
  7. Missoula, Montana (45.2 degrees)
  8. Green Bay, Wisconsin (45.7 degrees)
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota (46.6 degrees)
  10. Rapid City, South Dakota (46.7 degrees)

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

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Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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Do You Remember These 10 Crazy Snowstorms In South Dakota?

Here's some news that some South Dakotans prefer not to hear this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? The dropping temperatures and early snowstorms out west by Deadwood speak for themselves.

Slowly but surely, people of the Sioux Empire are bracing for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Even though snow will soon be gracing the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlights these ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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