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Region heads back into a deep freeze

Bitter cold expected to last through week

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Kammie Cook (left), 7, helps sisters Angie Smessaert (center), 11, and Lilly Betts, 7, roll a large pile of snow Monday afternoon in Rock Falls. It might not be as comfortable to have such outdoors activities today. The forecast high is 7, with a low of minus 1.
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Conner, 11, and Paige, 13, Colby zip down a hill in Dixon on Monday, taking advantage of a day off of school, mild temperatures and fresh snow. It might not be as comfortable to have such outdoors activities today. The forecast high is 7, with a low of minus 1.

STERLING – Temperatures might not be as brutal as they were during a cold snap earlier this month, but it’s going to be downright uncomfortable outside for the rest of the week in the Sauk Valley.

Forecasters say the region is poised to see more frigid weather. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the area until noon today. The forecast high for today is 7 degrees, but with winds between 15 and 25 mph, it will feel like 20 below zero.

It is expected to colder, but not as windy tonight.

Wednesday will be a bit warmer, but the deep freeze is forecast to return Thursday. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 3 and low of minus 12.

“It’s not to the extend of the last outbreak but it’s still bitterly cold,” said Paul Collar, a meteorologist with the NWS.

“With these temperatures, you’re going to have issues with exposed skin and frostbite, but not to the degree of severity of the last outbreak,” he said, describing it as “a normal cold event you’d see in a typical winter.”

The forecast


Sunny but cold. Wind chill advisory in effect until noon. High 7, with wind chills approaching 20 below zero.


Snow showers possible. Low minus 1.


A few a.m. snow showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. High 18. Low minus 3.


Sunny but bitter cold returns. High 3. Low minus 12.


Partly cloudy, windy, and warmer. High 25. Low 22.

Source: National Weather Service

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