Bundle up, layer up, cover up, and do it once more if you’re going to be in parts of the High Plains or upper Midwest for Christmas! That’s because the wind chill factor, or what it feels like to the bare skin, is going to approach -30 degrees, -40 degrees, possibly -45 degrees!
Here’s the timeline of what to expect:
The coldest core of the next air mass is going to be overhead on Christmas night into Tuesday. However even though it will be warmer, the nights of Saturday and Sunday will still be bitter in spots. The best way to protect yourself is literally cover up any exposed, bare skin!
Take a look at the middle part of the picture above, the blues and darker blues. Where you see the wind chill approach -30 degrees to -45 degrees, frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes! However, if you cover up any of that exposed skin, you’re doing yourself a favor by protecting yourself against temporary or permanent skin damage.
Much of the High Plains, upper Midwest, and Northeast will stay colder than average as we look at the time frame around New Year’s Eve/Day. Combined with that, there is the potential of wetter-than-average conditions in some of these areas too. Loosely, that would translate to higher-than-average chances of wintry weather where you have the cold/wet combination. However exact track of storm systems will be much clearer as we get closer to New Year’s Eve weekend!
For WeatherNation: Warm regards,
Meteorologist Steve Glazier