Well, they said it would be cold. And it is.
Temperatures in the Chippewa Valley seem to have bottomed out at 7 a.m. Friday, when the thermometer dipped to -24 degrees.
That makes Friday the coldest day of the winter, and it isn’t too far away from the day’s record low of -29, set in 1984.
The wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service was extended by an extra hour, to 10 a.m. Friday.
While winds are mostly calm to no more than 5 mph, the wind chill factor is still into the -30 to -40 range.
Southeast winds are expected to increase through the morning as the temperatures rise. That will mean that wind chills will remain in the in the -30 degree range Friday morning, before climbing to between -15 and -25 Friday afternoon.
That is the worst of this Arctic cold blast, which will also bring some snow, likely less than inch, before midnight Friday.
Temperatures will fall below zero for two more nights — -5 Friday and -7 Saturday. By Tuesday, highs are expected to reach into the 20s.