Dangerous Cold Tonight & Tuesday
A blast of arctic air is making its way through the region and with it comes the dangerous cold air. Many of us, east of the James River, could spend as many as 36 straight hours below zero before finally thawing out a bit on New Year’s Eve.
Wind Chill Advisories are already in effect for the area and encompass every county in the Dakotas and all but one in Minnesota. There are also advisories in northwest Iowa and northern Nebraska. The advisories are in effect until noon Tuesday, as the brutal cold is expected to keep a stranglehold on the region.
Wind chill values are expected to be coldest in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Values as cold as 35° BELOW are possible for those to the northeast. Here is a snapshot of what the wind chills could near around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Wind chills this cold are very dangerous and if you are not properly covered, it could lead to frostbite in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you cover your ears, nose, and mouth as well as wear some thick gloves to keep warm if you have to be outdoors for a long period of time.
Use caution if you have to be outside for long periods of time and make sure to keep it tuned to the weather blog, KDLT.com , and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest the information.