Dangerously cold temperatures expected through the new year

VALLEY, Neb. – A prolonged period of cold temperatures are expected to settle over the area through early next week. Wind chill values will range from 15 to 25 below zero Saturday morning, 20 to 30 below zero Saturday night and 25 to 40 below zero Sunday night into Monday morning.

The dangerously cold wind chills have prompted the National Weather Service to enact a wind chill advisory from midnight tonight to midnight Sunday night for all of eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.

There is a wind chill warning in effect for the same areas from midnight Sunday night to noon Monday.

The frigid wind chills conditions will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken, according to the weather service.Make sure you wear a hat and gloves if you have to be out.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. A wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken.

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