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Brutal Cold Tuesday Morning Before Improvements Arrive

30 Jan 2023, 6:45 pm

Arctic air from Canada is grasping much of the central and western U.S. early this week after a brutally cold weekend in the High Plains. We have one more day of bone-chilling cold, with the potential for wind chill values to sink to as low as -30 to -50 degrees, which is dangerous to any exposed skin. This morning, wind chill factors dropped well down into the negatives. Yikes!

Wind chill advisories (light blue) and warnings (gray) are in effect for the central U.S. Remember, 30 for 30! For -30-degree wind chills, frostbite can occur in 30 minutes! For wind chills near -40 degrees, it may take 15 minutes, or less, to develop frostbite! Wind chill values will be coldest near the Canadian border; however, the “feels like” temperature is still very chilly all the way into the Southern Plains!

Morning lows will be the most brutal with widespread temperatures in the single digits and teens, on either side of zero. The farther north or higher in elevation, the colder it will be. Please make arrangements for any livestock or animals you have in addition to preparing your home for colder winter air. Some improvement is expected later this week, as we warm back towards normal low temperatures thanks to the cold air retreating back north.

Daytime highs will be equally cold and well below freezing into this work week, coldest today into Tuesday. Improvements will also be seen on Wednesday through Thursday, although the one exception will be across portions of the North Plains, where a reinforcing shot of cold air will return temperatures back to single-digit highs here.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the cold in the top weather headlines but also in the Central Regional Forecast, always :30 past the hour.

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