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Arctic Airmass Descends, Severe Wind Chills Expected

The National Weather Service Glasgow is reporting that an arctic airmass has arrived, with windchill advisories in place for Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties through Thursday evening.

A Jan. 13 social media post reads, “Ambient air temperature readings will largely be in the -10F to -30F range with wind chills ranging from 20 to 40 below zero or colder.”

According to NWSG, temps will decrease moving north and east from the border with North Dakota. At press time, forecasts include wind chills of -35 in Wolf Point and -53 in Opheim.

NWSG is reminding area residents that frost bite can start in as little as five minutes in the open air under current conditions. They are also issuing warnings about sudden drops in temperature. “Periods of clearing skies will lead to a rapid plummet in temperatures, possibly colder than forecast. Highs will remain below zero for most from now until at least Thursday afternoon.”

Warm layers are recommended, including hats and gloves, and pets should be kept indoors. Light snow is expected.

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