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Bundle up, Extravaganza-goers.

Temperatures forecast for Saturday's Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza could almost mirror those of two years ago when on the morning of the contest it was 18 degrees below zero, the high temperature in the afternoon barely managed single-digits above zero and wind chill values during the contest were 25 degrees below zero.

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The forecast for Saturday from the National Weather Service in Duluth is slightly better than 2009 - lows of 5 degrees below zero to 10 degrees below zero in the morning and climbing to a high of 5 to 10 degrees above in the afternoon

n with partly sunny skies, northwest winds 5 mph and wind chill values 10 degrees below zero to 20 degrees below zero.

At such low temperatures frostbite can set in on exposed skin of a healthy adult in 10 to 20 minutes, the weather service said, and young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to the cold. Frostbite can lead to hypothermia if precautions aren't taken.

While a wind-chill advisory was in effect for Thursday night and Friday morning, Dean Melde, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said he couldn't say if one would be issued for Saturday.

"It looks like you may have light enough winds where you won't need (a wind chill advisory," Melde said. "There'll be some wind and it will definitely be quite cold out there. It feels more windy on the ice anyway, where it's more wide open."

Temperatures should bottom out Friday, with highs 2 degrees below zero to 3 degrees above and wind chill values of 30 degrees below zero to 40 degrees below zero.

For the record, in 2010 the low temp the morning of the contest was 26 degrees and the high temp during the contest was 31 degrees. The problem last year was freezing rain the night before the contest.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5857.

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