Dangerous and historic wind chills expected Wednesday, Thursday

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Record-breaking cold expected on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as morning lows bottom out around -20. The daytime high could peak at -12 with the coldest daytime wind chill around -40 to even -50 degrees.

The Wind Chill Warning continues for everyone until 2 p.m. on Thursday.


* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 55
  below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and
  northwest Ohio.

* WHEN...Until 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could
  cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes.


A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and
the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite
can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions
are not taken.

Lake-effect snow showers will continue in southwest Michigan on Wednesday, making  travel hazardous through Thursday morning.

Another round of system is likely Thursday night into Friday morning, resulting in more accumulating snow for everyone.

Afterward, a big warm-up is on the way through the weekend as temps peak in the mid to upper 40s with rain showers expected Sunday and Monday.

Some flooding/re-freezing problems could be possible with highs well above freezing, but with lows dropping below 32.

Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:

Wednesday: Extreme, historic cold. L.E. snow showers in the MI counties. High of -12.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with continuing L.E. snow showers. Cold. Low of -22.

Thursday: Partly sunny with L.E. snow fading, then mostly cloudy with a chance of late PM snow. Cold. High of 0.

Thursday Night: Snow likely after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. South wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: Snow likely before 8am. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 20. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 46.

Sunday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: Rain. High near 47. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35.


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