Area bracing for more snow, bitter cold; 4-6 inches expected Tuesday

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

More snow is expected to hit the area today, followed by below-zero temperatures on Thursday.

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Makowski, Mower County can expect approximately 4-6 inches today beginning in the morning hours, with the bulk of snow expected to fall tonight. As a result, evening commuters can expect snow-covered and slippery roads.

The snow is expected to let up after this evening, although some light snow may be possible into early Wednesday morning.

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Temperatures are expected to fall on Thursday due to strong winds out of the northwest, according to Makowski. Lows on Thursday night are predicted to be in the 15 degrees below zero and 20 degrees below zero range. Wind chills will make it feel like 30 degrees below zero, the coldest wind chill temperatures to be felt so far this winter.

Makowski warned that cold-related health hazards, such as hypothermia and frostbite, could happen in a matter of minutes in those extreme temperatures. Anyone outside in those temperatures is advised to wear protective clothing.