Wind chill temperatures are dangerously low this morning, Dec. 10, and can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.
A wind chill advisory will remain in effect until noon today, and wind chills are expected to reach 35 below zero in the morning and evening hours with some relief mid-day. A second wind chill advisory will go into effect at 9 tonight and will last until noon Dec. 11.
In Cavalier County, the coldest area in the region, wind chills reached 38 below zero Tuesday morning, said meteorologist John Hoppes.
He added that normal temperatures for this time of year are 6 to 22 degrees above zero. The sub-zero temperatures seen in the Red River Valley this morning – a low of minus-17 and a high of just minus-3 – are the result of a cold air mass coming south from Canada that will pass through the area until tomorrow.
Residents are advised to use caution while traveling outside and to wear appropriate clothing, including a hat and gloves.
"Several layers of clothing is probably more effective than, say, one heavy one," Hoppes said.
Snow is possible Wednesday night through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. More bone-chilling temperatures are anticipated this weekend.