Weather 101: Wind Chill Factor

Weather 101: Wind Chill Factor

When it comes to the Wind Chill factor, it's all in the wind. If the temperature was 30° with calm winds - it won't feel nearly as cold as 30° with 20 mph winds. Here's the criteria on how the National Weather Service issues Wind Chill alerts.

Wind Chill Advisory:

This is issued for cold temperatures & winds, that create a wind chill temperature near -25° or less for at least 3 hours. Exposure to this combination of winds and low temperatures without protective clothing can lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia.

Wind Chill Warning:

This means life threatening cold with wind chill temperatures as low as -40° or less for at least 3 hours could occur. Exposure to this combination of strong winds and low temperatures without protective clothing will quickly lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia. Longer exposures can be fatal.

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