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First Alert Weather Day: Dangerously low wind chills through Wednesday

Temperatures may not make it above 0° Tuesday, while wind chills will be as low as -35° at times.
First Alert Forecast
Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 8:48 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 5:56 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A third arctic blast of the year is in store Tuesday & Wednesday. A First Alert Weather Day has been issued through Wednesday mid-morning for bitterly cold conditions, and dangerously low wind chill values.

A First Alert Weather Day in effect between now and Wednesday as wind chills remain dangerously...
A First Alert Weather Day in effect between now and Wednesday as wind chills remain dangerously low.(WSAW)

Cold arctic air continues to filter into the region. Temperatures and wind chills Tuesday morning have already fallen well below zero. Morning temperatures around -10s, and wind chills as low as -35°. Don’t expect much of an improvement by Tuesday afternoon; daytime readings will struggle to make it to or above 0°.

Wind chills Tuesday afternoon in the -10s to around -20.
Wind chills Tuesday afternoon in the -10s to around -20.(WSAW)

Frigid conditions will continue overnight into Wednesday morning. Wednesday is expected to be a rise & repeat with low temperatures ranging from -20° to -30°, while wind chills could drop to around 30 to 40 below. These very cold conditions can lead to frostbite development on exposed skin in 10 to 30 minutes.

Wind chills dropping to around -35° Wednesday morning.
Wind chills dropping to around -35° Wednesday morning.(WSAW)
Wind chills approaching -35° in Wausau Wednesday morning.
Wind chills approaching -35° in Wausau Wednesday morning.(WSAW)
With wind chills down to -35°, frostbite can develop in a matter of minutes.
With wind chills down to -35°, frostbite can develop in a matter of minutes.(WSAW)

Less cold by Wednesday afternoon with highs in the low 10s. A sun and cloud mix will be common Tuesday and Wednesday, but it will do little to raise temperatures.

If you will be out and about over the next few days, be sure to bundle up before heading out the door. If you must spend extended periods of time outside, dress in several layers to stay warm, and take breaks to head indoors to a heated location. Limit your time outside otherwise, and be sure to keep an eye on the pets. If they are going outside, be sure it is only for a brief time. As always, check on friends and family to make sure they are doing well during this time of frigid weather.

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