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Frostbite possible in minutes with very cold wind chill values Wednesday night

Spend as less time as possible outside due to frostbite concerns
Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 17:35:12-05

MISSOULA — Some of the coldest temperatures in over a year are upon us this week!

We have Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories in place for most of our area.

Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories
Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories

Actual lows tonight will drop below zero in West-Central Montana, to the single digits in the Bitterroot Valley, and into the negative teens in Northwest Montana.

With just a slight breeze (15-20 MPH gusts) wind chill values will plummet to 40-below-zero in the northwest and 25- to 30-below-zero in West-Central and Southwest Montana.

Pets, livestock, and yourself are all at risk for frostbite from these extremely cold temperatures.

Frostbite can occur in just 5-10 minutes across through Northwest through Thursday morning, and in 30 minutes or less across West-Central and Southwest Montana!

Limit your time outdoors these next few days even though the sunshine is very tempting!

Snow returns to the forecast Thursday afternoon through Friday morning from the south.

Right now, it looks like snow will fall across the southwest, but snow doesn’t look to make it all the way up to the I-90 corridor.

Snow in the Bitterroot Valley will reach up to 3-5” of accumulation during this time.

The models vary between each update for location of their northern boundary but keep it with KPAX for all your latest updates!