Life-threatening wind chills could break records

Wind chills in the 35 to 60 below range will continue across the area through mid to late morning Thursday.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 6:24 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2019 3:55 AM

Wind Chill Warning
Areas Affected: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Clayton; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Dangerous, Life Threatening Cold Continues Today Into Thursday Morning... .Dangerously cold wind chills of 40 to 60 below were occurring across the area as of 3 am this morning. Wind chills in the 35 to 60 below range will continue across the area through mid to late morning Thursday. Also, the strong northwest winds are leading to areas of blowing and drifting snow in the open areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, impacting travel with drifting over roadways and reduced visibilities. With very light or calm winds expected across portions of the area Thursday morning, the expiration of the wind chill warning for counties west and south of interstate 94 was moved from noon to 10 AM Thursday. If you must travel tonight, allow for plenty of travel time, bring extra warm clothing, let someone know of your travel plans, and ensure you have a cell phone and battery backup in the event you become stranded. Take this cold seriously as it could be life-threatening! Avoid or reschedule outdoor activities if possible. Frequently check on the elderly that may venture out. ...WIND CHILL WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Wind chills of 40 to 60 below zero expected. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in open country areas.

* WHERE...Northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, parts of southwest and western Wisconsin.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM CST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes. Blowing and drifting snow leading to difficult travel in open areas.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken. Be alert for reduced visibility and slippery travel in open areas due to blowing and drifting snow.

Wind Chill Warning
Areas Affected: Anoka; Blue Earth; Brown; Carver; Chisago; Dakota; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Hennepin; Isanti; Kanabec; Lac Qui Parle; Le Sueur; Martin; McLeod; Meeker; Nicollet; Ramsey; Redwood; Renville; Rice; Scott; Sherburne; Sibley; Steele; Waseca; Washington; W

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...HISTORIC COLD EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... .Wind chills are expected to remain in the 45 to 65 below zero range through noon Wednesday, but still remain below 35 below zero through Thursday morning. This is a life-threatening situation for those spending any prolonged period outdoors without proper clothing. A Wind Chill Warning is in effect through Thursday morning area wide. Record low temperatures are possible in the Twin Cities Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning. The record for Wednesday is 30 below zero, and the record for Thursday is 27 below zero. In addition, blowing and drifting snow will continue in portions of west central, southwest and south central Minnesota through the early morning. ...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 60 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of central and east central Minnesota.

* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

Wind Chill Warning
Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Bremer; Butler; Calhoun; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Kossuth; Marshall; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Story; Tama; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Prolonged Dangerous and Life Threatening Cold and Wind Chills through Thursday... .An extended and rarely seen outbreak of extreme cold and dangerous wind chills will impact Iowa through Thursday morning. Those venturing outside for any extended period will be in a potentially life threatening situation and should take appropriate precautions. Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts and updates to current warnings, advisories and watches. In addition, scattered snow showers and strong northwest winds this evening will create areas of blowing snow, especially across portions of east central and northern Iowa. Impacts include snow covered and slippery roads along with reduced visibility to 1/2 mile or less at times through this evening. ...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 50 to 60 below zero.

* WHERE...Northern and Eastern Iowa.

* WHEN...The cold snap will persist into Thursday. The coldest temperatures and wind chills be tonight into Wednesday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes and also be life threatening.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

Wind Chill Warning
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Dangerous, Life Threatening Cold Continues Today Into Thursday Morning... .Dangerously cold wind chills of 40 to 60 below were occurring across the area as of 3 am this morning. Wind chills in the 35 to 60 below range will continue across the area through mid to late morning Thursday. Also, the strong northwest winds are leading to areas of blowing and drifting snow in the open areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, impacting travel with drifting over roadways and reduced visibilities. With very light or calm winds expected across portions of the area Thursday morning, the expiration of the wind chill warning for counties west and south of interstate 94 was moved from noon to 10 AM Thursday. If you must travel tonight, allow for plenty of travel time, bring extra warm clothing, let someone know of your travel plans, and ensure you have a cell phone and battery backup in the event you become stranded. Take this cold seriously as it could be life-threatening! Avoid or reschedule outdoor activities if possible. Frequently check on the elderly that may venture out. ...WIND CHILL WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Wind chills of 40 to 60 below zero expected. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in open country areas.

* WHERE...Northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, parts of southwest and western Wisconsin.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM CST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes. Blowing and drifting snow leading to difficult travel in open areas.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken. Be alert for reduced visibility and slippery travel in open areas due to blowing and drifting snow.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37624

Reported Deaths: 1503
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin12150785
Ramsey4805226
Stearns234519
Dakota228690
Anoka2180107
Nobles16626
Olmsted110115
Washington106940
Mower9452
Rice8357
Scott7004
Clay58538
Kandiyohi5701
Wright4565
Blue Earth4532
Todd4002
Carver3641
Lyon3092
Sherburne3075
Freeborn2900
Steele2281
Watonwan2160
Benton2143
St. Louis17715
Martin1635
Nicollet15912
Cottonwood1340
Goodhue1298
Winona12215
Crow Wing10612
Pine1030
Le Sueur981
Chisago971
Otter Tail931
McLeod880
Carlton850
Dodge840
Polk812
Chippewa781
Unassigned7637
Isanti720
Itasca6412
Waseca640
Douglas620
Meeker611
Morrison591
Murray580
Becker550
Faribault550
Jackson550
Sibley542
Pennington500
Pipestone371
Mille Lacs342
Renville322
Wabasha310
Brown302
Rock300
Yellow Medicine300
Beltrami290
Fillmore280
Houston250
Swift211
Norman200
Wilkin203
Redwood180
Cass152
Wadena150
Aitkin140
Big Stone140
Kanabec141
Koochiching141
Roseau130
Marshall120
Grant100
Lincoln100
Pope100
Mahnomen81
Clearwater70
Hubbard60
Lake60
Traverse50
Lac qui Parle40
Stevens40
Red Lake30
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30377

Reported Deaths: 720
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk6332179
Woodbury320644
Black Hawk219658
Buena Vista170711
Linn124282
Johnson12388
Dallas123529
Marshall104119
Story7513
Pottawattamie71911
Scott71910
Wapello70530
Crawford6752
Muscatine62444
Dubuque62122
Sioux4600
Tama46029
Wright3771
Louisa36013
Jasper32117
Plymouth3135
Warren2641
Dickinson2602
Washington2349
Hamilton1871
Webster1712
Cerro Gordo1471
Boone1451
Clarke1292
Clay1280
Allamakee1264
Mahaska11517
Shelby1140
Clinton1051
Poweshiek1048
Carroll931
Pocahontas931
Bremer916
Des Moines862
Henry863
Franklin840
Cedar811
Emmet800
Taylor790
Cherokee751
Monona740
Floyd702
Marion680
Hardin670
Guthrie644
Sac630
Benton621
Jefferson590
Osceola590
Jones560
Harrison530
Humboldt531
Lee532
Butler522
Iowa510
Buchanan501
Monroe506
Hancock490
Calhoun482
Delaware481
Madison422
Lyon410
Clayton403
Davis391
Fayette370
Mitchell370
Winneshiek370
Mills360
Palo Alto360
Grundy350
Kossuth330
Lucas304
Greene290
Howard290
Chickasaw280
Jackson270
Union270
Winnebago270
Ida230
Cass210
Appanoose203
Keokuk201
Page200
Van Buren190
Worth170
Audubon161
Adair150
Ringgold150
Decatur110
Montgomery102
Wayne100
Adams80
Fremont70
Unassigned70
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