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Here we are in the last week of January, a 7 day period that's notorious for producing some of the coldest temperatures of the winter. For many, that's the kind of weather that's on the table Tuesday and Wednesday as another Arctic front finds its way into the Midwest.

Since late Monday, this most recent round of frigid air has been steadily dropping temperatures and near daybreak Tuesday readings are expected to be zero or colder in the NW half of my area. These are the temperatures the EURO is indicating around 7:00am Tuesday.

Making matters far worse will be a stiff NW wind that drives wind chills into the range of 10 to 25 below zero. These are the wind chills shown on the EURO at 7:00am Tuesday morning. With temperatures moving little throughout the day (and winds sustained at 15 to 30 mph), winds chills will continue at those nasty levels until sunset.

These are the counties that are under wind chill advisories through Tuesday.

Tuesday night winds will back off as the ridge (the core of the cold) centers itself over the region. That's going to allow temperatures to freefall, especially where there is a decent snow pack. The EURO shows some places in NC and NE Iowa reaching 20-25 below. Those are some very impressive numbers.

Even though winds become relatively light after midnight, just a slight breeze will generate dangerous wind chills that could plunge to the range of 35 to 40 below in my NW counties. The general range from the Quad Cities northwest is 20 to 40 below zero

Here's a larger view of lows Wednesday around the Midwest. The sub-zero lows correspond nicely to locations that have snow cover.

Reported snow depths Monday morning.

Here's the larger perspective of regional wind chills Wednesday morning. That's painful to look at!

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