April 26, 2018

'Near-blizzard' conditions possible Thursday, 5 to 8 inches of snow forecast

03 January 2018, 12:56 | Rufus Hill

Temperatures are falling to dangerous lows in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area

Temperatures are falling to dangerous lows in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area

The air will be slightly warmer Wednesday but still below freezing, with apparent temperatures reaching closer to 15-20 degrees. Rural roads are covered with snow this morning but the main roads are clear. Eventual impacts will depend on the track of an intense low pressure system which remain uncertain, however there now is a low chance for at least 6 inches of snow accumulation.

The weather service has issued wind chill warnings for northwestern and central IL and wind chill advisories for the Chicago area and parts of central and southern IL.

The cold temperatures sweeping across northern U.S. cities saw forecasters warn of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over central areas of the country and spreading east. "We're used to a lot of snow here in Erie, but this is unprecedented, the amount we got", Dahlkemper said. Bitter cold was blamed for at least four deaths across the United States over the New Year's holiday weekend.

"We want every resident to have shelter and warmth", she said in a tweet. The National Weather Service warned of possible visibility issues early Thursday because of blowing snow.

Temperatures will feel like they're below zero today and tonight.

The low reading at 8:09 a.m. was five degrees less than the eight below zero recorded 73 years ago on this date, the weather service said. The average temperature was 48.3 degrees, according to the weather service.

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