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First Alert Weather: Entering the New Year with bitter cold wind chills

Temperatures rapidly dropping into the New Year. Single digit highs and below zero wind chills expected.
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 12:55 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2021 at 2:42 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Mild temperatures to end the year with chances for some light afternoon snow showers. 2022 will start off with some bitter coldness.

Entering the New Year with chilly weather
Entering the New Year with chilly weather(WSAW)

Plenty of clouds in-store today with chances for some flakes this afternoon and light snow showers mainly Northwood of Highway 29 in the Northwoods. Accumulations will be minor, around an inch. Highs near normal in the mid-20s Friday afternoon. If you have plans to be out and about to ring in the new year, make sure you wear some layers as temperatures will rapidly drop heading into midnight.

Light snow showers NYE afternoon in the Northwoods.
Light snow showers NYE afternoon in the Northwoods.(WSAW)
Temperatures will rapidly cool down as you ring in the New Year.
Temperatures will rapidly cool down as you ring in the New Year.(WSAW)

New Year’s Day has the winter storm taking a track far enough south that a majority of the area stays dry with a mostly cloudy sky. The exception could be in our far southern counties where flurries or snow showers could lead to a coating to less than a half-inch. The best bet for accumulating snow will be in southern Wisconsin and the northern half of Illinois with the expected track of the low pressure through the mid-section of the country.

Wind chills over the weekend in the sub-zeros lasting until Monday.
Wind chills over the weekend in the sub-zeros lasting until Monday.(WSAW)

As this system moves across the Ohio Valley, colder air will filter through our neck of the woods. This sets us up for a rather chilly New Year, with even chillier conditions on Sunday. Highs Saturday near the lower teens, with single-digit highs on Sunday. The main issue locally with the colder air settling in will be wind chill values that dip back into the -10s and low -20s Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

Prepare for the cold this weekend by following these tips.
Prepare for the cold this weekend by following these tips.(WSAW)

This is not quite low enough for a First Alert Weather, but no doubt, it is going to be cold outside. Wind chill values on Sunday will be down in the single digits below zero during the afternoon. A fair amount of sunshine to wrap up the weekend on Sunday but cold. Highs in the low teens. Partly cloudy on Monday and milder with highs back into the mid 20s. Clouds increasing Tuesday with a chance of snow showers at night. High in the mid 20s. Light snow is possible on Wednesday with highs in the low 20s. Mostly cloudy Thursday with a chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 10s.

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