Cold Snap Expected For Several Days As Watertown Breaks RecordPosted: Updated:
Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to last through the long New Year's weekend.
That's after Watertown set a statewide record early Thursday morning. The temperature was 32 below zero at the Watertown International Airport at 6 a.m.
And there's the wind chill to consider.
A wind chill warning for Jefferson and Lewis counties was set to end at 1 p.m. Thursday, but was extended until 10 a.m. Friday. A wind chill warning is in effect for St. Lawrence County until 7 a.m. Friday.
Wind speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour are expected in St. Lawrence County, which could make it feel as if it's anywhere from 25 to 40 below zero.
Even a slight breeze could make it feel much colder than the thermometer says.
At these kinds of temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.
Highs on Thursday will struggle to get above zero, if they make it that far.
It dips into the teens below zero overnight.
It stays cold Friday, with highs in the single digits above zero.
There's a 70 percent chance of snow Saturday, when highs will be around 10 above.
Highs will be a touch below zero on Sunday and Monday, with highs in the upper single digits on Tuesday and in the mid-teens on Wednesday.
Overnight lows for the period will be in the single and double digits below zero.