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From minus 27 today to plus 54 on Monday — that's Ohio for you

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 31, 2019 at 6:00 AM

The first month of 2019 ends today with brutally cold weather — temperatures in the single digits and wind chill values as low as minus 27. 

The first day of February promises to be a little warmer, with a high in the mid 20s and a low in the mid teens.

Records are being shattered and communities are enduring the harshest cold in years as the polar vortex tightens its grip on the midwestern United States.

After the polar vortex plunged southward, temperatures plummeted under 20 below zero from North Dakota to northern Illinois on Wednesday morning.

Biting winds made the extreme cold more life-threatening as AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures dropped under 50 below zero. Frostbite can occur in mere minutes on exposed skin in these conditions.

Among the deaths from the snow and cold that struck the Midwest was a man found frozen to death in a garage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press.

The cold has also led to widespread school closures, major travel disruptions and even the suspension of mail service.

Before the Arctic outbreak eases later this week, a large swath of the Midwest can endure one to three consecutive days of subzero temperatures.

Much to the relief of residents, the deep freeze will be replaced by a surge of milder air this weekend. Temperatures can dramatically swing 40 to 70 degrees higher than the lowest readings this week.

In Norwalk, for instance, the temperature will rise to the low 40s on Saturday, the low 50s on Sunday and the mid-50s on Monday before returning to more seasonable 30s and 40s.

Will February see a day when the temperature reaches at least 70 for the third straight year? Time will tell.

 

Local forecast

Today, the sun will rise at 7:41:43 a.m. and set at 5:46:14 p.m.

On Friday, the sun will rise at 7:40:43 a.m. and set at 5:47:30 p.m.

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - Sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as minus 27. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

Tonight - Snow likely, mainly after 2 a.m. Increasing clouds, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as minus 10. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday - A chance of snow before 7 a.m., then a chance of snow showers between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Saturday - Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Saturday night - A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Sunday - Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Monday - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Monday night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Tuesday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tuesday night - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Wednesday - A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: ristina Pydynowski, an AccuWeather senior meteorologist, contributed to this story.

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