Take caution as the area endures dangerously low wind chills and temperatures through this week! (Enterprise Photo by Anna Jauhola)By Enterprise Staff
Over the next several days, people in Kittson County and the surrounding areas are advised to take great caution if they are planning to be outside. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued a wind chill advisory starting at 4:09 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 through noon on Thursday, Jan. 31.
As of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, temperatures around Kittson County were recorded at approximately 26 below zero with a 56 below zero wind chill.
Due to these extremely low temperatures, schools in Hallock, Karlstad and Lancaster all closed their doors for Tuesday.
According to the warning issued by NWS, wind chills could get as low as 65 degrees below zero. With that cold of temperatures, mixed with a winter weather advisory, NWS warns that frostbite can happen in little as five minutes, as well as hypothermia and possibly death if people are not properly prepared.
The low for Tuesday overnight is predicted to be 40 below zero.
NWS has also issued a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Visibility will be low in open areas throughout the winter weather advisory. Early Tuesday, the visibility was 1 mile in the Hallock area. NWS predicts wind gusts up to 35 mph.
NWS urges travelers to use extreme caution. To get the latest road conditions in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org, for North Dakota visit dot.nd.gov/travel, or call 511 for either state.