WILLMAR — The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from midnight through noon on Christmas Day due to temperatures and wind chills dipping below zero.
West central Minnesota is expected to have its coldest Christmas in years.
Temperatures are expected to dip to around 10 below Christmas Eve night, and wind chills are expected between 15 below and 25 below, due to a north-northwest wind of about 8 mph.
On Christmas Day, the day will be sunny and cold with a high near 4. A north-northwest wind of 8 will keep wind chills between 15 below and 25 below.
Christmas night, the low is expected to be about 5 below. Winds will decrease slightly, and wind child are expected to be in the teens.
Temperatures are expected to moderate a bit later in the week, with highs in the teens by Thursday.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 11. East-northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 1 below.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18.
Thursday night: A chance of snow, with light snow accumulation possible. Cloudy, with a low around 12.
Friday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21.
Friday night: A slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 9.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 15.
According to the Weather Service, a wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.