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A blast of very cold air

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Chelsea DMA Wind Chill Futurecast

WIND CHILL ADVISORY: for the northern half of the Tri-States through noon Sunday. This is issued when chills are expected to be -20 or colder for at least three hours due to sustained wind speeds, not wind gusts. These are very cold conditions which could lead to frostbite to exposed skin in 30 minutes.

Early morning low temperatures will be in the single digits near zero. Wind chills will be around 15 below zero. The northern stretch of the Tri-States, especially Lee County, may see wind chills close to -20 or colder. These are very cold and harsh conditions that you do not want to be in for very long. In as little as 30 min frostbite may occur to exposed skin. Make sure cars are packed with a winter survival kit and extra blankets.

Throughout the day temperatures will remain in the single digits north of Quincy and farther south in the low teens. Wind chills will remain below zero throughout the day.

M.L.K. Day:
While temperatures Monday morning may be just as cold as Sunday morning, the wind chills won't be as bad since the winds won't be as strong. However, they still could be as cold as 10 below. Keeping a close eye on a quick wave of energy that will be passing by throughout the day. Some models hint as to some light snow accumulation for some, however, dry air at the surface will likely keep that from reaching the ground.

This upcoming week:
A warming trend will take place during the first half of the week. The upper 30s and 40s will return by the middle of the week! However, we are continuing the pattern of end of the week winter storms. Some models are saying this storm system will be more of a rainmaker, while others are hinting at that is could be more of a snow event. You will want to keep

Chelsea Smith

Meteorologist Chelsea Smith is part of the WGEM Storm Track Weather team.

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