It's About to Get Dangerously Cold

For the Midwest, 'this may be the coldest air in a generation'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2019 8:13 AM CST

(Newser) – Anyone listening to national weather forecasts this week is going to hear a lot of superlatives. But this isn't merely about snow—it's about frigid temperatures to follow, especially in the Midwest. As in, wind chills of minus-51 in Minneapolis and minus-47 in Chicago early Wednesday, report ABC News. As the National Weather Service in Des Moines puts it, "This may be the coldest air in a generation," per Axios. The latter site is more specific: Those under 25 in the Midwest are about to experience the coldest temperatures of their lives.

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"Wind chills will fall to dangerous levels in the Upper Midwest this week, and should be the coldest since the mid-1990s in parts of the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and northern Illinois," warns the National Weather Service. "Wind chills falling below -40 can cause frostbite on exposed skin in minutes." And before the frigid temperatures, snow is already piling up, reports the AP. For example, more than a foot was expected in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, and blizzard conditions already have been reported throughout the Upper Midwest. (Read more winter storm stories.)

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