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The weather outside is frightful

Record low temps coming this week

January 27, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Iowa Weather Network reports this week's cold front has the potential to bring life-threatening cold air. This will be the coldest air many of us have ever experienced, the Network said.

With windchill values exceeding -40 degrees, frostbite can occur within 10 to 15 minutes.

According to the Network, "The prolonged nature of this event, with the cold air lasting several mornings and days, will amplify the dangerous impacts."

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Across northern Iowa, air temperatures will be well below 10 degrees Tuesday through Friday mornings, potentially causing school closures.

Tuesday overnight will have the coldest temperatures, ranging from -25 to -45 windchills across the area. In Emmet County, the windchill could dip below -50. Wednesday will range from -15- to -35 with Wednesday night dipping to -20 to as low as -40. Thursday will gradually become slightly warmer, but still in dangerous sub-zero windchill range, according to the National Weather Service.

Experts advise ensuring home heating systems, pipes, etc. are as well-prepared as possible. It may be wise to stock up on groceries today so outdoor time in the coldest weather is minimized.

If venturing out is unavoidable, make sure efforts are taken to cover any exposed skin, especially on Wednesday.

People should dress in layers, cover exposed skin, limit outdoor time, and check on family members who are older or more vulnerable. For pets, outdoor time should be limited, outdoor pets should come inside. When the animals do go out, cover their paws or check them once they return indoors. Check food and water frequently, and provide shelter for pets who must stay outside/put them in heated doghouses or garages.

Vehicles should have half full or fuller gas tanks, Add a few blankets and pack a safety kit. Maintain tire pressure. Notify family or friends if you must travel and use caution with cars left running.



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