DES MOINES, Iowa – Central Iowans woke up to wind chills of -30 to -40 Wednesday morning causing classes to be cancelled at most schools.
Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter said gusts will be around 35 mph producing considerable blowing and drifting snow today as arctic air moves into the state.
Last night was the coldest night of the season. A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect until Noon. The coldest wind chills will occur from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Most schools have cancelled classes on Wednesday including Des Moines Public Schools. Click here for the list.
Please avoid travel if possible, and if you must travel, please have a winter survival kit in your car, and do not abandon the car if you become stranded.
The coldest high to ever occur in Des Moines was -14, on January 12, 1912.
Exposed skin will be at risk of frost bite in as little as 15 to 30 minutes in Wednesday morning’s condition. Frostbite can lead to hypothermia which can be deadly. A hat and gloves, as well as many layers of clothes, will help to keep you warm if you must be outside. But it will be best to limit your time outside.
Gusts will begin to die down this afternoon and some slightly warmer weather is likely on Thursday. Highs will hit the teens on Thursday, but drop back into the single digits on Friday. There is not any additional snowfall in the forecast for now, with temperatures remaining below average throughout the 7-day, Jeriann says.