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Wind chill advisory issued for tonight, Thursday

The National Weather Service, Topeka, has issued an urgent winter weather message and a wind chill advisory for tonight and Thursday morning.

Another round of arctic air is moving quickly southward out of Canada and will move into eastern Kansas overnight tonight. This air mass will drop air temperatures into the single digits and bring gusty north winds making for dangerous wind chills tonight into Thursday morning.

The wind chill advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 11 a.m. Thursday, and includes Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, Anderson counties.

Wind chill values are expected to be 15 to 20 degrees below zero after midnight tonight.

Everyone is advised that exposed skin can suffer from frostbite in a very short time and to dress adequately. Be sure to wear layered clothing, a hat, and gloves to protect yourself from the dangers of frostbite. With these predicted wind chills, frostbite to exposed skin can occur in a matter of minutes. Prolonged exposure could lead to hypothermia or even death.

Due to the gusty winds, elevated rangeland fire danger conditions are expected through Friday.

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