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Wind chill advisory in effect until noon

A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon today with even more bitter breezes blowing in Wednesday. Low temperatures of 10 below to 15 below expected early this morning are combining with 5 mph to 15 mph winds to create dangerous wind chills....

Dangerous wind chills this week with this outlook from the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Dangerous wind chills this week with this outlook from the National Weather Service in Duluth.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon today with even more bitter breezes blowing in Wednesday.

Low temperatures of 10 below to 15 below expected early this morning are combining with 5 mph to 15 mph winds to create dangerous wind chills. In these conditions, frostbite is possible in as little as 20 minutes.

The National Weather Service in Duluth forecast wind chill values of 25 below to 35 below today. A wind chill advisory was issued midnight Monday.

"A strong cold front will bring another brutal blast of Arctic air to the northland" this afternoon, the weather service reported. "Temperatures will drop to 20 to 30 degrees below zero over most of the northland by early Wednesday morning. Widespread wind chills of 35 to 50 degrees below zero will likely develop overnight and linger into Wednesday morning."

The weather service expects wind chill warnings will be issued.

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"The rest of the week looks cold and there could be additional periods of dangerous wind chills requiring wind chill advisories," the weather service reported. "Much of the northland could get a light coating of about 1 to 2 inches of snow Thursday with a passing system."

January is living up to its billing as the cold month of winter. Wednesday's high may top out in negative numbers. After reaching a high of 3 degrees below, the temperature is expected to drop to 10 below Wednesday night. Snow is likely Thursday, at least to a 60 percent chance. But it won't relieve the cold as the high for the day may be 10 degrees. Friday promises sunshine and a high of 2 degrees and lows of 9 below to 14 below in Crow Wing County.

Saturday through Monday the highs are predicted to range from 9 degrees to 14 degrees with overnight lows about 5 below zero.

This cold airmass is expected to affect much of the country east of the Rocky Mountains with widespread subzero temperatures and high winds, the weather service's prediction center reported.

The weather service did hold out some hope saying milder weather might return early next week. The other hope is spring will officially arrive in 74 days.

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