Winter Weather Advisory for Thursday - blowing snow

Winter Weather Advisory for Thursday - blowing snow

In addition to the cold temperatures, there were wind chill advisories in effect at least through mid-day Friday in some parts of the country around the Great Lakes.

Wind chill values of this magnitude are relatively rare for this region and are extremely risky.

According to the National Weather Service frost bite in minus 30 wind chill conditions could happen in less than 30 minutes, and in just 10 minutes in a minus 40 wind chill. A south wind of 8 to 17 miles per hour will become west in the afternoon, and winds could gust as high as 25 miles per hour. Windy With Chance of Snow Showers. Highs today, if lucky, will be near 5.

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The weather service says Friday's deep freeze is a preview of next week, which could bring more than a half-foot of snow to parts of IL and the potential for the "coldest stretch in years". High: 28 Wind: N 10-15 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 16. "A quick coating to near an inch of snow is possible", according to a Special Weather Statement issued by the NWS.

The snow should come to an end by noon. The high will be near 34, and it will be breezy.

Thursday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 21, the weather service said.

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