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Dangerous cold with wind chills down to -25

January 31, 2019

With wind chills well below zero an advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.

It’s so cold frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

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Despite plenty of sunshine, very cold temperatures are expected Thursday, with highs only rising into the teens.

This is approximately 20 to 25 degrees below normal for this time of year. While winds will gradually diminish throughout the day, wind chill values are only expected to rise to around zero by afternoon.

Another cold night is then expected tonight, with lows once again falling into the single digits across a large portion of the area. As winds continue to diminish, wind chill values willgenerally range between 5 degrees below zero and 5 degrees above through the overnight hours.

The cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

Just before 5 a.m. here are some temperature and wind chill readings:

Oxford, -2, wind chill -18; Danbury, zero, wind chill -13; Middletown, 2, wind chill -16 and Hartford, 2, wind chill -13.

Even without a wind chill, temperatures are bitter cold with readings like -10 in Torrington, -8 in Norfork and -6 in Thomaston.

Along the shoreline, temperatures are in the single numbers with Milford and New Haven at 3 degrees.

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