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Dangerous cold comes into southern Wisconsin

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect for all of southern Wisconsin until noon Tuesday.

Wind chills will slowly improve from around -35 Tuesday morning to -10 by late afternoon.

Frostbite can develop on exposed skin within about 10 minutes Tuesday morning, so make sure you have everything covered.

Temperatures will improve later in the week with highs into the low 20s by Thursday. By Friday, temperatures will actually be too warm for snow, with sleet, freezing rain and rain in the forecast for the afternoon and evening.

The weekend is expected to be mild.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Arctic air settled into southern Wisconsin overnight and will hang around into Tuesday.

Brisk northwest to west winds during this time will bring bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously low wind chill temperatures.

A wind chill warning is in effect until Noon Tuesday for wind chills of -30 to -45. The high temperature Tuesday is only expected to reach 2 degrees.

Skin exposure to this cold for a short period of time will cause frostbite.

Stay indoors if possible. If you must travel, carry a winter survival kit.

This is a life threatening situation for anyone who becomes stranded outdoors.

It will stay bitterly cold through Wednesday before temperatures warm up significantly late in the week.

Highs should be around freezing by Friday and the weekend.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The bitter cold air mass expected over Wisconsin is the worst in about 18 years.

According to the National Weather Service, wind chills are expected to drop to 20 to 25 below late Saturday and Sunday in south central Wisconsin and then plummet to 40 to 55 below throughout the state by Monday morning and again Tuesday morning. Meteorologists expect only a slight improvement during the day Monday and Tuesday.
   
A wind chill warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at noon.
   
The last time it was this cold was in February 1996.
   
The weather service also says a low pressure system has shifted and now threatens to bring about 3 to 5 inches of snow to the far southeast corner of Wisconsin on Sunday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Temperatures will dip below zero over the next few days and wind chills could take temperatures to dangerous levels.

It will get warmer on Saturday, with a forecasted high of 26. But after that, temperatures will plunge again. Dangerously cold air arrives Sunday and will stick around through Tuesday. The high on Sunday is expected to be just 3 degrees, followed by a high of -10 on Monday. Wind chills late Sunday night & early Monday may be around -40.

Make sure you bundle up if you head outside. These conditions could lead to frost bite and hypothermia if you don't take precautions.

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