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Dangerous cold heads back to Midwest

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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Another blast of arctic air is making a visit to west central Minnesota this week.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a wind chill warning through noon today. Wind chills are expected to dip as low as 40 below in west central Minnesota. Temperatures will be about 20 below.

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Wind chills are expected to range from 20 below and 40 below until Thursday in western Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

Highs today are predicted to remain below zero or in the single digits above zero.

A wind chill warning means that a combination of frigid air and strong winds could create dangerous weather conditions. Frostbite and hypothermia are possible if people don’t take proper precautions while outdoors.

Owners should be sure that livestock and other animals have adequate shelter.

The cold weather could spread over much of the eastern half of the continental United States, with below freezing temperatures expected as far south as northern Florida tonight. However, most of the cold will be concentrated in the Midwest and Northeast, according to a report from AccuWeather.com.

Snow is expected this afternoon, too, but less than an inch was predicted by the NWS.

A low of zero is expected tonight.

A high in the single digits and lows near 20 below are expected Wednesday. A high of 2 below is expected Thursday, and temperatures will gradually rise to 4 by early Friday.

The arctic air is expected to back off by Friday, when the weather service predicts a high of 29.

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