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Record Cold Temperatures in the Plains and Midwest

27 Dec 2017, 10:15 am

A strong area of high pressure and deep trough aloft has pushed record cold temperatures across the Northern Plains. Temperatures fell to record levels from Montana to Iowa. International Falls shattered a 93 year record, falling down to 36 below. Wind chills fell to near 50 below in a few areas.

Wind chill alerts extend from the Upper Midwest into the New England. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. Make sure you wear a hat and
gloves. Carry a winter survival kit if traveling, and have enough layers of clothes with you for temperatures outside of the vehicle. Hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken.

The wind is not strong, but with the bitterly cold temperatures, wind chills can easily drop to 30 and 40 below. Wind chills will improve slightly Thursday.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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