Dangerous wind chills dominate the week

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Five of the past seven days have seen windchills fall to the range of a minus 30 to 36 degrees - cold enough to cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

With the National Weather Service issuing a Wind Chill Warning for Monday, parents were bundling their children up with extra layers of cloths. Winds out of the north gusting to over 30 mph Monday morning combined with the temperature at minus 8 degrees for wind chill was a minus 36 degrees.

Four times in the past week, the National Weather Service has issued Wind Chill Warnings for western Minnesota. A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Exposed skin can freeze in minutes and even hypothermia or death can result if precautions are not taken. Bundle up if headed outside and make sure to have winter clothes with you if traveling, it warns.

So far this month, we’ve seen 12 of 16 days with below zero low temperatures. Just another two days below zero and we hit the average of 14 days below zero for January.

In an average winter season, the Benson area will suffer through 34 days where the temperatures sinks below zero during the span of days from Nov. 4 to March 30. December saw nine days with below zero temperatures, so we are now up to 22 days so far with a lot of winter yet ahead....
 

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Pictured: Five of the past seven days have seen windchills fall to the range of a minus 30 to 36 degrees - cold enough to cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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