Wind chill warning for Thursday


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A wind chill warning has been issued for most of the western Upper Peninsula from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette, wind chills of 30 to 40 degrees below zero are expected.

Temperatures that cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin in 15 minutes or less, NWS warned.

Counties included in the warning are Dickinson, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon, southern Houghton, Baraga, and Marquette.

In northeast Wisconsin, a special weather statement has been issued for tonight and Thursday morning for bitterly cold temperatures.

Temperatures were also cold this morning.

Officials urged people in Michigan to take precautions as another round of bitterly cold weather settled in across the state.

The Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division issued a warning Wednesday. The cold weather is moving into the state, with readings of 10 below zero already in Sault Ste. Marie and Iron Mountain.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures around zero degrees in many other parts of the state and wind chills at 20 below or colder through Sunday. The western Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula could get several inches of snow.

Exposure to those temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions and cause frozen pipes.