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The Midwest certainly doesn’t have an exclusive claim to the coldest temps. The former railroad hub of Ely is what you might call the polar opposite of Las Vegas. Its high elevation is the cause of its prolonged cold spells, with a normal daily low of 28.5 degrees. The small town is a destination for winter sports enthusiasts in the region who only have to travel a short ways to access skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and more.