Wind chill advisory in effect on Wednesday

A wind chill advisory starts 3 a.m. Wednesday and lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)
A wind chill advisory starts 3 a.m. Wednesday and lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)

A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the forecast states there will be a high of 19 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Wednesday, the high will be 7 degrees while overnight lows will range from 4 degrees to minus 1, according to the weather service forecast.

Wind chills in the area are expected to be 15 to 25 below zero during early Wednesday through Thursday morning, the weather service said. The coldest will be Wednesday morning and again early Thursday morning.

Temperatures will be between 0 and 5 below late tonight and again Wednesday night, the weather service said. Temperatures will not rise out of the single digits on Wednesday.

Winds will be 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, the weather service said. The strongest winds will be Wednesday morning and again Thursday morning.

Frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less if skin is exposed, according to the weather service.

There will be frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken, the weather service said. If you must venture out, dress warmly and wear a hat and gloves, according to the weather service.

On Thursday, temperatures will climb again to 26 degrees. Friday’s high will be 18.

Wind chills Wednesday morning, left, and Thursday morning, right. (National Weather Service graphic)
Wind chills Wednesday morning, left, and Thursday morning, right. (National Weather Service graphic)

Temperatures, wind chills and time until frostbite sets in. (National Weather Service graphic)
Temperatures, wind chills and time until frostbite sets in. (National Weather Service graphic)

Bitterly cold temperatures in today’s forecast

With a wind chill of 2 degrees at 8 a.m. Monday, the forecast doesn’t hold much hope for the wind chill rising into the double digits today, according to the National Weather Service

The highest wind chill reading may be 9 degrees today, the weather service said.

With mostly sunny skies and a temperature of 11 degrees at 8 a.m., the high may reach 25, according to the weather service, while the south southeast wind of 6 to 11 mph will be a factor in how cold it feels today.

Tonight, the low will be around 17, and a south wind of 10 to 14 mph will become northwest after midnight, gusting to as high as 20 mph, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 23. A north northwest wind of 5 to 15 mph may gust as high as 21 mph, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, there is a chance of scattered flurries, with a low around 5, according to the weather service. The wind chill will be between minus 1 and minus 6. The north wind of 6 to 11 mph will increase to 13 to 18 mph after midnight. Winds may gust as high as 26 mph.

Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 7, the weather service said. The north northwest wind will be 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Wednesday night, expect mostly clear skies and a low of zero.

Thursday, it will warm up a little, the forecast is sunny and a high near 28, according to the weather service. Thursday night’s low will be near 12.

Friday, the high will be 23, and Friday night, the low will be 14, the weather service said.

Saturday, skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 29, according to the forecast.

Area sees light snow; sub-zero wind chills

A few motorists were out this morning on I-70 at I-435 in Kansas City, Kan. They faced a light dusting of snow, plus sub-zero wind chills. (KC Scout photo)
A few motorists were out this morning on I-70 at I-435 in Kansas City, Kan. They faced a light dusting of snow, plus sub-zero wind chills. (KC Scout photo)

Wyandotte County received a light dusting of snow overnight, perhaps about a half-inch to an inch in some places, but it is the temperature that poses the main danger to residents.

The temperature was 12 degrees at 10 a.m., with a wind chill of minus 5, according to the National Weather Service. While most highways appear to be clear, there is still the possibility of slick spots.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued for the very cold temperatures and wind chills.

Today’s high will be near 16, with winds of 9 to 15 mph gusting to 22 mph.

Tonight, the low will be about 4 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 4 and 1. Winds will be 5 to 9 mph becoming light north after midnight.

Monday’s forecast is mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Wind chill values will be minus 3 to 7.

Look for temperatures to drop further into the deep freeze on Wednesday, when the high will be about 9, and the wind chill may drop to below minus 10, according to the weather service.