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Despite Warmer Temperatures, Cold Dangers Still Exist

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Wind chill advisories have expired across the Coulee Region and temperatures will continue to improve into the weekend. However, highs today will only rise into the low single digits and lows tonight will drop into the -10 to -15 degree range. That means you still need to use caution when you're outside.

Thankfully, the blustery northwest winds that plagued our area on Sunday and Monday have died down substantially. Since the wind chill measures how cold it feels when you combine the wind and temperature together, the lighter winds (and slightly warmer temperatures!) will result in wind chills 10 to 15 degrees warmer tonight than what they were last night.

Unfortunately, the arctic air responsible for the extreme cold will be holding on through Wednesday. And that means temperatures will stay much below average. So even with the lighter winds, wind chills tonight are possible between -15 and -30. And on Wednesday night they could be as low as -15.

According to the National Weather Service, in these conditions frostbite is possible in less than 30 minutes to exposed skin. If you're going to be outside, dress in warm, lightweight layers and cover exposed skin. Remember that mittens are warmer than gloves and extremities are one of the most frequently effected parts of the body when it comes to frostbite. And don't forget your pets. They can fall victim to frostbite and hypothermia as well.

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