Temperatures fall as Arctic air takes over

Dangerous Wind Chills Forecast For Rochester Area

Get ready for the coldest chills in more than a year

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted that the chill would last through the weekend in the upper Midwest - but "dangerously cold" temperatures are expected next week, with scattered heavy snow and strong winds. Then the winds will increase bringing in moisture & some big changes.

At this point, it is too early to say how much snow we will see.

With the cold front moving on east, gusty west to northwest winds will bring increasingly colder Arctic-source air into the Midwest and Great Lakes. This is the type of cold that can lead to frost bite on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes. Wednesday's high tops out near 20. Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour in the morning.

Temperatures start to make it back into the teens Friday. Snow and flurries continue until about Midnight.

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Wind chill warning from 6 p.m. Tuesday through noon Thursday.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows: Near 30. With it comes the likelihood of rain at first before a changeover to snow Monday night. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s Tuesday. Actual low temperatures could drop to -30 degrees with wind chills dropping to -50 degrees.

"Light snow overnight into early Friday, in general 1" to 3" of snow in Southwest Michigan, less in Northern Indiana. Record lows are likely.

Let's talk about wind chills first.

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Environment Canada is forecasting daytime highs of - 9 C on Saturday, - 8 C on Sunday, - 9 C on Monday, - 8 C on Tuesday, - 12 C on Wednesday and - 11 C on Thursday.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 46.

Since the event will start as rain Monday night it'll be hard for TDOT workers to treat the roads, and with snow falling during the morning commute roads will likely be quite slick. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. The forecast high of 2° would be coldest daytime "high" since 1996.

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Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. The rain will all be associated with another disturbance, but I left rain chances low at this time to account for the uncertainty being this far out.

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