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First Alert Weather Day: Dangerously cold wind chills for the first half of Thursday

A cold stretch of arctic air begins Wednesday through the end of the week. Relief on the way by Saturday.
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 6:58 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 8:45 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Be sure to BUNDLE UP! Wind chills are dropping and becoming dangerously low this Thursday morning. Our First Alert Weather Day will expire at Noon Thursday as wind chills improve for the afternoon. However, since winds are coming from the northwest for the next few days, arctic air will continue to flow into the region, dropping wind chill values below zero. A Wind Chill Advisory is in until Noon Thursday.

Our First Alert Day continues until Noon Thursday.
Our First Alert Day continues until Noon Thursday.(WSAW)

Brutal wind chills this Thursday morning. Wind chills 25 to 30 below are being recorded across North-Central Wisconsin. Frostbite can develop in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Wind chills improve during the daytime this afternoon. Plan for highs around 8° with a chill of 5 to 15 below and lots of sunshine. If you must head outdoors, make sure you cover any exposed skin and wear layers.

Daytime wind chills will see some improvements.
Daytime wind chills will see some improvements.(WSAW)

Tonight will be another chilly one with temperature readings 13 below. Wind chills Friday morning won’t be as brutal, but chilly enough where light winds can drop the wind chill values down to 20 to 25 below. This is borderline First Alert Day criteria as anything lower than 25 below warrants one to be issued. However, since most areas should remain higher than 25 below, extending our First Alert Weather Day won’t be necessary. Nonelethess, you’ll still want to take precautions when heading outdoors Friday morning.

A cold front Friday will bring in snow showers overnight.
A cold front Friday will bring in snow showers overnight.(WSAW)
Minor snow accumulations overnight Friday
Minor snow accumulations overnight Friday(WSAW)

Relief will be on the way Saturday and Sunday as wind chills will be above zero. A cold front late Friday night into early Saturday morning will bring a quick shot of snowfall to the region. Minor accumulations, less than an inch expected. Air temperatures over the weekend and the start of the next work week remain below average in the single digits and teens. Next snow chance is likely to arrive on Monday.

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