Dangerously cold temperatures blanket much of the U.S.


Bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills are pounding the upper Midwest, the Northern Plains, and the Northeast. Frigid temperatures are expected to last through tomorrow and little improvement is expected through the new year. Many locations in the upper Midwest could see wind chill values of 20 to 40 degrees below zero overnight. Frostbite and hypothermia are the biggest concerns in these extremely cold temperatures. Frostbite can occur in as little as 20 minutes if folks aren't properly bundled up.

It makes are wind chill reading of 10 degrees here in Boise seem fairly mild in comparison. Fortunately, for us here in southwest Idaho, the Rocky Mountains act as a barrier of sorts from some of the coldest air reaching our region. Temperatures are still very cold around here, but not nearly as bad as folks to the east of the Rockies.

For us, temperatures will begin warming on Thursday and reach the upper 30's by Friday. More seasonal temperatures are expected through the weekend. For more local weather click here.

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