Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- National Weather Service forecasters are anticipating what’s being described as “dangerously cold” wind chills for Rochester and the surrounding area this week. 

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The combination of wind and cold temperatures predicted for the middle to end of the work week could produce wind chill values as low as -40 across Southeast Minnesota. The National Weather Service says Rochester could see wind chills as low as -33 between Monday and Christmas Day on Sunday.  

NWS La Crosse
NWS La Crosse

Forecasted highs between Tuesday and Sunday are not expected to exceed single digits and overnight lows are predicted to fall below zero through the end of the week. Officials say frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes in those forecasted arctic conditions and advise residents to cancel any unnecessary outdoor plans and to avoid having exposed skin in the predicted frigid conditions. 

Forecasters are also predicting a light fluffy snowfall Monday night and Thursday. The fresh snow could blow in the predicted strong winds, which could lead to reduced visibilities and slick travel conditions.

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