Powerful Blast of Frigid Arctic Air to Chill Much of the U.S.

By Anna Breuer on 27 January 2019
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A blast of frigid air is set to hit many parts of the United States in the coming week, bringing the mercury to low temperatures not seen since Bill Clinton was president.

“Wind chills will fall to dangerous levels in the Upper Midwest this week, and should be the coldest since the mid-1990s in parts of the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and northern Illinois,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

The Chicagoland area will see temperatures close to -20° F (-29° C) with expected wind chill temperatures ranging from -35° F to -45° F (-37° C to -43° C) Wednesday morning and meteorologists are predicting that the high temperature for the day may not rise above -11° F (-24° C).

Wind chills below -40° F (-40° C) can cause frostbite on exposed skin in a matter of minutes.

Residents in the South may want to turn on the heat and find overcoats as the temperature falls.

Drivers should expect hazardous conditions as roads rapidly turn from wet to slushy and icy, and those planning to take to the air may want to check with their airlines before heading off for the airport.

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