Wind chills reaching as low as -20 to -30 across the area will keeps a Wind Chill Advisory in effect across the metro until noon Wednesday.
Yet, although the southern portion of the state may get a slight reprieve, the wind chill warning will remain in effect for the northern half of Minnesota with chills reaching -30 to -40.
Wednesday evening: Temperatures will slowly fall to around -9 by late this evening, but it will start to warm back up as clouds move in and a few flurries cruise through the area overnight.
Each year, Hennepin County Medical Center admits about two dozen patients suffering from frostbite. With the recent cold snap, emergency rooms have been admitting more and more patients. Here's a few ways to deal with frostbite as temperatures plummet:
- When you head outside, think tips. The tips of your ears, nose, your toes and fingertips are all especially susceptible to frostbite.
- Make sure all extremities are covered and warm, especially when the temperature dips below -14 and wind chill hovers around 20 or 30 below. Frostbite can strike as soon as 10 minutes, though there's no magic number.
- Remember the wind chill is as important as the low temperature, because the air quickly conducts heat and will pull it away from the body.
Know the warning signs (via Mayo Clinic):
- White or grayish-yellow skin
- Skin has a hard or waxy feel
- When skin thaws, flesh becomes red and painful
THURSDAY GETS WARMER
We'll warm to the teens on Thursday with patchy sunshine, and might even break 20 on Friday with a few light flakes.
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