WAYNE – As a wind chill warning is set to go into effect this evening, the National Weather Service Omaha Center released updated information Tuesday morning.
Wind chill values of 30 below to 40 below can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. During a wind chill advisory of temperatures from 20 below to 30 below, frostbite is possible in 10-30 minutes.
The coldest and most dangerous period is 6 p.m. Tuesday through 11 a.m. Wednesday when parts of eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa experience wind chills at or below 30 below zero.
Make sure to cover all exposed skin, dress in layers and stay dry. Limit outdoor exposure if possible, make sure pets are safe and if traveling, pack a winter survival kit. Also, let family know of your travel route and check up on the elderly.
Between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday, the coldest wind chills in the area are: Wayne at 22 below, Niobrara 21 below, Norfolk/Tekamah at 19 below, Neligh at 16 below, Fremont at 15 below as well as Albion/Columbus at 11 below.
Moving into the overnight from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday wind chills could reach as low as 41 below in Wayne, 37 below Tekamah, 36 below Niobrara, 35 below Norfolk, 33 below Neligh/Fremont as well as 28 below in Columbus and Albion.