NEBRASKA CITY – Powerful winds and life-threatening cold descend into the central U.S. this week, with meteorologists advising the public to make plans.
Problems began early Monday with incredibly strong northwest winds that have the potential to topple high-profile, lightweight vehicles, blow down limbs and trees, and down power lines. A high wind warning is in effect until noon, followed by a wind advisory from noon until 6 p.m. Northwest winds will be sustained at 30 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.
Below zero wind chills will last from Monday morning through Thursday morning, making conditions hazardous for pets and people. The National Weather Service office in Valley placed southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa in a wind chill warning from 6 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday.
A wind chill watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Brutally cold weather could possibly prompt a wave of school closings in areas not already affected by a winter storm sweeping across the northern U.S. on Wednesday. Wind chill values of 30 to 40 degrees below zero are expected.
Weather officials say the very cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as a little as 10 minutes.
Northwest Missouri remains in a wind chill watch from Tuesday night through Thursday morning.
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This story contains information from the World-Herald News Service.