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Arctic air moving in

Snow is cleared from a country road in 2018 / CIFN file photo.

Dangerously cold weather will impact a large part of the nation starting this weekend.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning Americans about plenty of subfreezing temperatures. The worst is expected to occur in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest with wind chill readings as low as 40 below zero in certain parts of the Dakotas.

Freezing temperatures will likely hit every state by next week. Wisconsin could experience temperatures at 25 below zero by Sunday. The experts believe that is enough to get frostbite in just 30 minutes. Chicago will be in the single digits and even Atlanta will experience its coldest air for the past three years.

Here in Central Illinois, there is a winter weather advisory in effect from 11 a.m. today (Thursday) through noon Friday. Blowing snow is expected into Thursday evening with patchy blowing snow on Friday. More snow chances come in Saturday afternoon and Saturday night’s low dips to -5. Sunday’s high is only expected to reach 8 above with a 40 percent chance of snow.

More snow chances are in the forecast Monday and Monday night.


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