This is not what I call cold....it is dangerous cold. Santa's sled isn't the only thing flying our way from the North Pole this week. You can trace this punishing cold from Santa's workshop. Best advice today is to stay inside and make reindeer cupcakes like my wonderful wife did to keep the Prangley family warm at heart and well fed. This cupcakes go well with hot chocolate and there is a double hot chocolate advisory with extra marshmallows in effect until further notice! This is the first time I have issued a DOUBLE HOT CHOCOLATE ADVISORY because you will need at least two cups of hot chocolate to stay warm! I will have my wife post her recipe here on the blog for you shortly. She is my better half and she will give you a nice break from me since I have been writing you day and night for days in this crazy pattern. :)
This is the coldest I have felt since Ground Hog Day 1996 when my weather watcher in Tower, Minnesota called in the state record low of -60 without wind chill! To this day it stands as the state record low. It was so cold trees were exploding! Well at least I am not calling for exploding trees here in Lafayette and we will not get that cold. I am just trying to make you feel better. Our wind chill and wind advisories continue through Monday morning across the entire area and I have the latest bone-chilling breakdown for you.
Temperatures will hold steady near 6 degrees for the remainder of today with west winds continuing at 23 to 40 mph. Wind chills will be in the 15 to 20 below zero range.
This evening temperatures fall to near 2 with wind speeds at 17 to 35 mph through midnight. Wind chills will remain in the 15 to 20 below range.
Monday morning we will start near zero degrees with lighter wind speeds at 12 to 20 mph. Wind chills will be near 10 below zero as we wake up.
Monday afternoon we warm up to near 12 with wind chills above zero.
Hang in there! The worst of the wind chills and wind will be before midnight tonight. Take the appropriate precautions. Here is a wind chill chart that shows frostbite times. Notice we are right in that 30 minute range today. Our hearts and prayers go out to those still without power, especially in the Fort Wayne area today. Here at home we are very lucky that most of us have power.
White Christmas Update: We have a blockbuster storm on the way Tuesday into Christmas Eve. I will not call it the Grinch storm yet, but I am worried it will take the same track as our ice storm did last week. Wisconsin could get another foot of snow while nature tries to ice us over. This could be the biggest pre-Christmas storm since 2004 and it needs to be monitored closely. This pattern is not showing any signs of slowing down that is for sure.