Life-threatening wind chills as low as -50F will sweep the Midwest as polar vortex blasts in

Life-threatening wind chills as low as -50F will sweep the Midwest as polar vortex blasts in on Tuesday - amid warnings exposed skin could FREEZE IN TEN MINUTES

  • Wind chills will send temperatures to -45F in Chicago and -50 in Green Bay 
  • It will be 'the coldest air in five years' by midweek as warming centers open  
  • Polar vortex rarely plunges as far south as the US and last big plunge was in 2014
  • The National Weather Service said wind chills can produce frost on exposed skin within 10 minutes  

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 15:08 EST, 27 January 2019 | Updated: 16:34 EST, 27 January 2019

A polar vortex is creeping into the already-freezing Midwest, expecting to blast the region with dangerously low temperatures by Tuesday. 

Arctic air will be pushed into the Northern Plains and Great Lakes by Wednesday, bringing winds chills as low as -40degrees in many parts, according to the National Weather Service. 

In Green Bay, where wind chill temperatures could fall as low as -50 degrees, the NWS said: 'Wind chills this low can produce frost on exposed skin within 10 minutes.' 

'There's no mild way of saying it. Brutal cold is coming,' the weather service said.  

Extreme cold weather conditions are predicted across the Midwest in the coming week
Extreme cold weather conditions are predicted across the Midwest in the coming week

Extreme cold weather conditions are predicted across the Midwest in the coming week

Cold weather advisories were in effect Friday from North Dakota to Ohio
Cold weather advisories were in effect Friday from North Dakota to Ohio

Cold weather advisories were in effect Friday from North Dakota to Ohio

A polar vortex rarely plunges as far south as the US and last big plunge was in 2014
A polar vortex rarely plunges as far south as the US and last big plunge was in 2014

A polar vortex rarely plunges as far south as the US and last big plunge was in 2014

The National Weather Service of Chicago warned that temperatures will fall below -40F 
The National Weather Service of Chicago warned that temperatures will fall below -40F 

The National Weather Service of Chicago warned that temperatures will fall below -40F 

By Wednesday and Thursday, cities such as Minneapolis, Green Bay Detroit and Milwuakee will see blistering cold temperatures. 

However, forecasters warn that the Great Lakes holds the 'core' of the cold. 

'The core of the cold will be in the Great Lakes, where numerous temperature records will be threatened,' forecasters said. 

Forecasters are urging people to bundle up, as Green Bay could experience wind chills of -35 to -50degrees.  

But before the polar vortex hits, a snow storm is anticipated to hit the Chicago area Monday, bringing one to three inches of snow. 

'If travel is planned across the area this afternoon and evening, motorists should be prepared to encounter snow-covered roads, and slow travel conditions,' the Chicago office said. 

The National Weather Service of Chicago is predicting recording breaking cold, as 'the prolonged coldest in at least 5 years, but potentially much longer'. 

The cold front is moving to the upper Mississippi Valley.  

Sunday shows freezing temperatures of 7F in the Midwest which is expected to fall even lower this week 
Sunday shows freezing temperatures of 7F in the Midwest which is expected to fall even lower this week 

Sunday shows freezing temperatures of 7F in the Midwest which is expected to fall even lower this week 

Snow will begin to fall in Minnesota Sunday evening through Monday morning 
Snow will begin to fall in Minnesota Sunday evening through Monday morning 

Snow will begin to fall in Minnesota Sunday evening through Monday morning 

Forecasters called Friday's freezing temperatures a replay of the 'polar vortex' that bludgeoned the US in 2014. 

It may be even colder, with wind chills by midweek hitting 45 below in Chicago. 

'We're going to be feeling it big time,' Jeff Masters, meteorology director at the private Weather Underground, said. 'It's going to be the coldest air in five years.'

The polar vortex rarely plunges as far south as the U.S., maybe every few years or more, Ryan Maue, a meteorologist with the private forecasting company weather.us. said. 

The last big plunge was January 6, 2014, when Chicago’s temperature dipped to minus-16.

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, forecasters as much as a foot of snow to fall from Sunday to Monday, with temperature lows of minus 20 degrees, which would feel like anywhere from minus 40 to minus 60 degrees with windchill, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.     

Meteorologists said when the polar vortex plunges into the U.S., it will be warmer in parts of the Arctic — Greenland, northern Canada and Alaska — than in Chicago and Minneapolis. 

Tuesday will bring the coldest air of the season to parts of the Midwest
Tuesday will bring the coldest air of the season to parts of the Midwest

Tuesday will bring the coldest air of the season to parts of the Midwest

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