Wind chill advisory in effect until noon Jan. 21
Dangerously cold conditions are back with very cold air and wind combining to generate wind chills of 30 to 40 below zero.
The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind chill advisory for the Brainerd region through noon Tuesday, Jan. 21.
And residents can brace for another cold week.
As wind chills drop this low, frostbite is a danger for exposed flesh if precautions are not taken. Frost bite and hypothermia are dangers with these temperatures. The weather service advises people to dress appropriately when venturing outdoors and wearing a hat and gloves or mittens.
Brainerd hit a high Monday of 31 degrees just after midnight in the wake of a mild 32-degree Sunday but temperatures began dropping quickly. Before 9 a.m. temperatures already dipped into single digits and kept falling.
The forecast called for an air temp of 21 below Monday night with snow likely Tuesday, mainly after 3 p.m. Accumulation may be less than 2 inches. The high temp Tuesday may reach 2 degrees.
Tuesday night won’t be as cold with a forecast low of 7 degrees below zero. But colder temps are expected again Wednesday with a high of 2 degrees and overnight low of 20 degrees below zero. Thursday will bring more of the same with sunny skies and bitter air as high temperatures may not reach zero.
The weather service is forecasting a rebound on Friday with mild air and a high of 26 degrees with a slight chance of snow. But it’s the same pattern the region finds itself stuck in as a one-day warm-up on Friday is followed by another blast of cold air. By Saturday the high may top out at 15. By Sunday, the thermometer may rise to 6 degrees for a high and by Monday the high may top out at zero.