Arctic front to bring dangerous, sub-zero temperatures Wednesday

(Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

Temperatures could dip as low as 35 degrees below zero in the next 24 hours as a strong arctic cold front advances on the northern plains, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Over the course of the next 24 hours, temperatures across the northern plains are expected to plummet from current values to 14 degrees below zero overnight and will remain below zero through Wednesday, per NWS, which adds that wind chill values of 35 degrees below zero are possible.

The potential for sub-zero temperatures and extreme windchill values has prompted the NWS in Rapid City, South Dakota, to issue a wind chill advisory that urges residents to take precautions when venturing outside from 5 p.m. this evening until Thursday, Jan. 6.

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Wind chill values could be potentially dangerous and could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, NWS says, urging residents to take precautions if venturing outdoors over the course of the next 24 hours.

If going outside, residents should take care to cover all parts of their body including the head, face, and hands, per NWS.

Isolated snow showers will continue as the arctic front moves into the area with winds coming from the northwest and gusts as high as 50 mph possible behind the front, NWS says.