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Dangerously cold wind chills forecast

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM

An Arctic blast of cold weather will move into this region tonight behind an Arctic cold front.

High temperatures in the lower 20s to upper teens early today will quickly fall behind the front to below zero across the area by tonight.

Temperatures will likely remain below zero through Thursday.

The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

On Wednesday, the temperature might not go above zero degrees for the entire day — the first time that will have happened since January 1994.

Low temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday morning will be the coldest temperatures the region has felt since February 2015 and could break daily records by several degrees.

From Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, winds 10 to 20 mph across the area with gusts to 30 mph, allowing for wind chills of 25 to 35 degrees below zero — with some spots in northwest Ohio perhaps getting as as cold as 40 degrees below zero. That could create life-threatening cold conditions.

Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill watch for Huron County and the surrounding areas that will be in effect from this evening through Thursday afternoon.

A wind chill watch means there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low wind chill values.

Don’t worry, though — by Sunday, the temperature will be back in the mid 40s.

Today, the sun will rise at 7:43:37 a.m. and set at 5:43:44 p.m.

On Wednesday, the sun will rise at 7:42:41 a.m. and set at 5:44:59 p.m.

 

Local forecast

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 11 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as minus 7. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Tonight - Mostly cloudy, with a low around minus 8. Wind chill values as low as minus 25. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Wednesday - Partly sunny and cold, with a high near minus 4. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Wednesday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around minus 13.

Thursday - Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 2.

Thursday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around minus 5.

Friday - A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Friday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Saturday - Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

Saturday night - A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Sunday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

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