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Blast of Arctic Air Coming to the Northern Plains

6 Dec 2021, 7:00 am

With some of the coldest air of the season continuing along the US – Canadian border, wind chill alerts remain in effect through tonight and into Monday morning. With wind sustained 30 – 40 mph, gusts could exceed 60 mph and take wind chill values between -25 and -30 degrees through Monday morning.

Are you ready for the coldest air of the season? Parts of the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains have seen temperatures tumble more than 30 degrees, falling into the single digits and teens!

Couple with the wind, many spots will see wind chills colder than 20 below. Only slight improvement will be felt this afternoon (Monday).

This is when we get into frostbite territory, so it is very important to bundle up and know the signs of cold-exposure.

Unfortunately, daytime highs won’t recover all that much, as anticipate temps being below average into the next few days with the bulk of the cold air situated over the northern tier of the country. Readings will be well below average to start the week.

The cold air will linger through the middle of the week. We are looking at morning lows in the single digits through Tuesday morning. Though Chicago won’t be as extreme, feels-like temperatures overnight could be below 0 degrees for the Windy City for Tuesday morning.

Areas like Grand Forks, ND will see daytime highs in the single digits too! By the end of next week we should be rebounding our temps a little bit back towards average.

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