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Wind chill warning in effect after midnight

Staff Reports Posted 18 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Some of the snow on the courthouse lawn in Albion hangs over the stone wall along Platt Street.

After a brief break from the deep cold, Orleans County residents should brace themselves for more punishing cold.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning beginning at 12 a.m. tonight and going until 10 a.m. Friday.

The wind chill could fall to 15 to 20 below tonight, 20 to 25 below on Thursday and it could plummet to 35 below on Thursday night.

“Dangerous cold and potentially life threatening wind chills will be possible by Thursday night,” the National Weather Service said. “This could lead to frostbite and hypothermia if you are not dressed properly.”

The windchill warning applies to all of western and central New York.

Today is forecast for a high of 21 degrees with a low of 2. On Thursday it will only reach 2 degrees with a low of minus 5, followed by a high of 6 degrees and a low of 5 on Friday. It will warm up on the weekend with a high of 28 on Saturday and 27 on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.