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Wind Chill Warning Effective Through Tuesday Morning

Temperatures forecasted to feel 15 to 20 degrees below zero with windshield factor, the National Weather Service stated.

It’s bitter outside, and the cold snap is expected to continue throughout the week. Wind chill values are forecasted to be 15 to 20 degrees below zero from Monday evening to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, which also issued two warnings about the big chill.

The National Weather Service announced a hazardous weather outlook and wind chill advisory for Cook and Lake counties, and other areas in North Central and Northwest Illinois and Northwest Indiana on Monday.

Very cold air and strong winds will combine and produce low wind chills, the National Weather Service stated, and the wind chill advisory continues until Tuesday morning while temperatures could drop below zero, and reach a windshield factor of 20 degrees below zero.

The freezing temperatures can cause frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken, the National Weather Service stated. Temperatures will be in the single digits or teens on Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecasted, and could be in the teens or 20’s for the remainder of the week.

Tips to Dress Warm During Cold Weather, Recommended by The National Weather Service:

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Air trapped between the layers will insulate the body. Outer clothing should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
  • Wear a hat; 40 percent of body heat can be lost from the head.
  • Cover the mouth to protect lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are warmer than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and avoid the wind.

For more information about cold weather safety check out the National Weather Service’s wind chill brochure and visit the government agency’s website.

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Pat Olson January 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM
"windshield" factor?????

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