A very large drop in temperatures is expected to continue today compliments of a powerful cold front pushing across Wisconsin from Canada.
High temperatures in much of central Wisconsin on Saturday were able to reach into the lower 40s during the afternoon. The last time Wausau was 40 degrees or warmer was back on November 17th when the city recorded a high of 52 degrees. Since then the region has been much cooler, and once temperatures drop on Sunday, the arctic air mass is likely to stay in place for a least a couple of days.
The wind is expected to kick up from the northwest at 15 to 25 mph on Sunday. That will likely bring wind chill factors for most locations in a range between -5 and -15. The National Weather Service will have a wind chill advisory become active for every county in the Newsline 9 viewing area this afternoon and keep it going until at least noon on Monday.
Wind chill advisories are issued when the feel-like wind chill factor is expected to drop as low as -35. With air that cold, frostbite can develop within 20 to 30 minutes on exposed skin.
At this time, forecast data suggests the region will see high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday near -1, with lows colder than -10 on both nights. Despite a few flurries being possible on Tuesday, both days are anticipated to see generally partly cloudy sky conditions.
By New Year's Day on Wednesday highs are expected near 2 with partly sunny skies.
Data suggests temperatures will begin to moderate warmer by Friday and Saturday with highs returning to the mid teens. Conditions are expected to also bring the chance of snow showers on Saturday.