Strong cold front on the way; take precautions

National Weather Service says a strong cold front will arrive Thursday with temperatures falling into the 20s and 30s in the area by late afternoon.

Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to move into the region starting Thursday night. But just how cold will it get? Different guidance usually gives different solutions on how cold or warm it could get, however, they usually fall within a range. The graphic below depicts some different probabilities for how cold it could get, the most likely scenario and then the higher end of the temperature range.

Extremely cold air comes every winter in at least part of the country and affects millions of people across the United States. The arctic air, together with brisk winds, can lead to dangerously cold wind chill values. People exposed to extreme cold are susceptible to frostbite in a matter of minutes. Areas most prone to frostbite are uncovered skin and the extremities, such as hands and feet. Hypothermia is another threat during extreme cold. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce.

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