Wind Chill Warning

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We have issued a Wind Chill Warning for the entire area from this evening to Thursday afternoon. Dangerously cold wind chills are expected to last for a couple days and could be life-threatening.

We will be holding another webinar today,Tuesday, January 29th at 3 pm EST. We will send out the registration and dial in information later this morning.

In addition to the information below, you will find an attached briefing in PDF format and the first slide of the briefing in PNG format, which can be found on NWS Cleveland Social Media formats.

What to expect: 

…Frigid Temperatures with Extremely Dangerous Wind Chills Expected This Evening Through Thursday Afternoon for all of Northern Ohio and Northwest PA…

Today:  Temperatures fall throughout the day after the passage of a strong cold front.  Temperatures will reach single digits by evening. Wind chill values will drop below zero beginning in the late afternoon.

Tonight:  Temperatures will continue to drop overnight, falling below zero after midnight. Winds will be blustery all night and wind chill readings by after midnight will be colder than -20F. Wind chill readings could be as cold as -35F by daybreak, which would yield frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.

Wednesday: Little recovery in temperatures with most areas likely staying below zero.  Dangerous wind chills will continue with values staying below -25F. 

Wednesday Night: Lows well below zero and the coldest wind chills of this stretch expected.  Winds remain elevated. Wind chill readings could be as cold as -35F to 40F by daybreak, which would yield frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.

Thursday: High temperatures in the single digits. Wind chills improve through the day as winds begin to diminish across the area. Wind chills go above -20F by Thursday afternoon and continue to improve overnight.

Friday:  Temperatures continue to recover with high temperatures back in the teens to lower 20s by late afternoon.

This event will be similar to in duration and intensity as the January 1994 frigid outbreak.

…Wind Chill Criteria…

Wind Chill Warning:  Wind chills of -25F or colder for more than a few hours with wind of 6 MPH or greater.

Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chills of -10F to -24 for more than a few hours and with wind of 6 MPH or greater.  

The last time NWS Cleveland issued a Wind Chill Warning was 4 years ago, or in February 2015.

…Other Weather this week…

Lake Erie will continue to freeze up rapidly. Gales, Heavy Freezing Spray, and Low Water also also expected on the Lake.

Ice will develop on area rivers. 

Lake effect snow possible in the Lake Erie snow belt, primarily Erie County, PA from Wednesday through Thursday night.

The following link has NWS safety tips for winter weather: Preparing for the Cold

…Cold Temperature Climate Statistics (Not Including Wind Chill)…

Coldest Temperature on Record:

Cleveland, OH (CLE):  -20F on January 19, 1994

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): -25F on February 24, 2015

Erie, PA (ERI): -22F on January 19, 1994 and Feb 16, 2015

Mansfield, OH (MFD): -22F on January 19, 1994 and January 10, 1985

Toledo, OH (TOL): -20F on January 20, 1984

Youngstown, OH (YNG): -22F on January 19, 1994

Coldest Max Temperature on Record:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): -5F on January 20, 1985 & February 9, 1899

Akron-Canton (CAK): -8F on January 20, 1985

Mansfield (MFD): -7F on January 20, 1985 & January 10, 1982

Erie, PA (ERI): -4F on January 19, 1994

Toledo (TOL): -9F on January 20, 1985

Youngstown (YNG): -6F on January 19, 1994

Last Date with High Temperatures Below Zero:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): -3F on January 19, 1994

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): -5F on January 19, 1994

Erie, PA (ERI): -4F on January 19, 1994

Mansfield, OH (MFD): -5F on January 19, 1994*

Toledo, OH (TOL): -1F on January 19, 1994

Youngstown, OH (YNG): -6F on January 19, 1994

*Note: Mansfield had a high of 0F on February 15, 2015.

Record Low Temperatures for January 29:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): -17F in 1873

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): -13F in 1977

Erie, PA (ERI): -10F in 1977

Mansfield, OH (MFD): -14F in 1977

Toledo, OH (TOL): -9F in 1963

Youngstown, OH (YNG): -12F in 1977

Record Low Temperatures for January 30:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): -4F in 1873

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): -6F in 1965

Erie, PA (ERI): -4F in 1915

Mansfield, OH (MFD): -4F in 1934 and 1966

Toledo, OH (TOL): -5F in 1965

Youngstown, OH (YNG): -8F in 1965

Record Lowest High Temperatures for January 30:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): 8F in 1977

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): 7F in 1977

Erie, PA (ERI): 8F in 1977

Mansfield, OH (MFD): 4F in 1977

Toledo, OH (TOL): 8F in 1977

Youngstown, OH (YNG): 6F in 1977

Record Low Temperatures for January 31:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): -5F in 1948 and 1971

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): -5F in 1948

Erie, PA (ERI): -6F in 1899

Mansfield, OH (MFD): -5F in 1971 and 2009

Toledo, OH (TOL): -5F in 1971

Youngstown, OH (YNG): -9F in 1948

Record Lowest High Temperatures for January 31:

Cleveland, OH (CLE): 5F in 1971

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK): 8F in 1971

Erie, PA (ERI): 6F in 1971

Mansfield, OH (MFD): 7F in 1971

Toledo, OH (TOL): 6F in 1971

Youngstown, OH (YNG): 5F in 1971

The following links can be bookmarked for the latest information:  

Winter Chill Warning details can be found here

The latest forecast for your location can be found by clicking on the map at www.weather.gov/cle.

Social Media and winter safety information can be found here and here

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