Cold Air Moves in to Central Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s going to get cold, again.

A cold front moved across the state early Wednesday morning, allowing a mass of arctic cold air to move in to place over the Upper Midwest. Meteorologist Megan Salois said Des Moines reached it’s high temperature of 39 degrees shortly after midnight. By 6 a.m. the temperature had dropped 10 degrees to 29. Temperatures will hold in the mid-20s through the afternoon and fall to the teens this evening.

The cold air, in combination with some very strong winds, will lead to dangerous wind chills especially late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The winds will blow at speeds of 20 to 25 mph from the northwest. Some gusts will be closer to 30 mph. Wind chills in most spots will range from -5 to -15 below zero with some north central locations feeling like -25.

Frost bite on exposed skin can occur in as little as 30 minutes in these types of conditions, so be sure to have the kids bundled up appropriately as they wait for the bus early Thursday morning.

There will be a brief warm up on Friday taking us back to the low 30s. Another polar front will swing through the state Saturday morning keeping temperatures in the teens again on Saturday and Sunday.