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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.

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