Life-threatening wind chills slated for the area on Wednesday
By Joe Bachman
PORTAGE COUNTY — Temperatures in the region on Wednesday could see a wind chill of up to -55, according to recent data from the National Weather Service. (NWS)
While a winter storm warning is in effect for Portage County, dangerously cold temperatures are still on the way. According to latest weather reports, arctic air is expected to overspread the region behind the winter storm.
Wind chill readings are expected to reach between 15 and 30 below zero by tonight, and a wind chill advisory could be issued later today. Even colder weather is expected through the week.
As stated in a special weather statement:
“The worst conditions are expected Tuesday night into Thursday morning, when wind chills are forecast to drop into the 35 below to 55 below zero range at times.”
Graphical data shows that Wednesday morning could carry the coldest and most life-threatening temperatures, with ranges of up to a -50 average wind chill. Many weather forecasters are predicting that these temperatures could be record-breaking.
“Wind chills this low can produce frost on exposed skin within 10 minutes” -NWS.
As stated by the NWS, travel across Central Wisconsin is not recommended, except in a case of emergency. It is recommended that if you must travel to keep a flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle. It is also recommended to start out with a full tank of fuel prior to travel.
Check back for updates on any changes to what will be abnormal wintry conditions for the area.
Editor’s Note: We ask our readers for their understanding and patience with this week’s delivery of our carrier delivered papers in what will be frigid and brutally cold weather conditions.