Wind chills could cause frostbite in a matter of minutes

Saul Bowman
January 28, 2019

In addition, a First Alert Day has been called for noon on Thursday through noon Saturday for bitter cold and extreme wind chills.

Light snow is also possible during the late morning hours on Friday.

According to the National Weather Service frost bite in minus 30 wind chill conditions could happen in less than 30 minutes, and in just 10 minutes in a minus 40 wind chill. Dangerously cold temperatures are hitting the Northern Plains and Midwest.

Risky wind chill readings, around 3 degrees at 8 a.m. and 6 degrees at 9 a.m., were in Wyandotte County this morning.

Bitterly cold air is in place this morning with single digit temperatures and wind chills below zero in several cities! Snow accumulations around 1 to 3 inches are in tonight's forecast.

The NWS warns that frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken.

This will be a cold weekend with highs near freezing. That system bears watching as we could see enough warm air surge in to allow rain to mix in. In North Bay and area Sunday overnight into Monday, a temperature of minus 31 C is expected with a wind chill of minus 39.

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