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Wind Chill of -40° Possible Saturday Morning

28 Dec 2018, 9:22 pm

Layers, layers, layers! A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for parts of the High Plains Saturday morning, December 29th for a feels-like temperature that may sink as low as 40 degrees *below* zero!

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for parts of the High Plains Saturday morning, December 29.

The wind chill is a factor of the temperature and wind. When combined, this is what the air really feels like to the bare skin. When the wind chill approaches -40 degrees, skin damage or frostbite can occur in as little as 15 minutes to unprotected skin!

The wind chill chart comparing temperature, wind speed, and the time it may take to develop frostbite. Courtesy NOAA

This area just had several inches of snow Thursday and Friday. That snow will stick around, plus make for some icy spots on Saturday morning.

Low temperature forecast Saturday morning, December 29

The actual air temperature will sink into the teens below zero Saturday morning. This image does not include the light, 5-10 mph wind that will make it feel in the twenties or thirties below zero! These low temperatures may seem pretty cold, but this area can get *quite* cold in late December! Take a look:

The low temperature forecast Saturday morning (left) compared to the record low temperature (right)

The record low temperatures for Saturday, December 29 are as low as -35°! Thus, it doesn’t appear it will be record-breaking cold.

High temperature forecast on Saturday, December 29

Temperatures will rebound, kind of. After starting -10 to -20° the high temperature Saturday afternoon will reach to positive 10 to 20°. After this, the temperature will be *much* warmer on Sunday morning. Expect low temperatures Sunday morning around 15 to 25 degrees *above* zero. In these cold conditions, stay covered and limit the time outdoors with bare skin.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier