Unsafe wind chills likely in St. Louis area into New Year's Day

"On Friday a messy change-over to eventual rain will occur with a mix of rain and snow and pockets of sleet and freezing rain mainly during the morning and early afternoon with mostly rain by late afternoon". Combine those two and the apparent temperature will feel closer to 20 to 40 degrees below zero. Along with the freezing temperatures, wind chills could drop as low as minus-10 degrees over the coming days.

Clarke said residents should brace for the cold blast by ensuring that their homes are properly heated and insulated and that pets are kept from harsh temperatures. There is a slight chance of rain and snow showers after then.

Thursday's high is predicted to be 13, with a low overnight of 2 degrees.

The low for the state was 3 below on Monday, 16 degrees below normal and 18 degrees above the record low set in 2000.

The cold also caused sleigh rides in Moorhead to be cancelled Tuesday, with hopes of offering them the rest of the week - if weather cooperates.

Outside of Boston, temperatures and wind chills are expected to be even worse.

Timing of snow
Timing of snow

They said that 10 inches of snow and about 50 miles per hour of wind gusts could make it very hard or even unsafe for people to travel.

"They don't have vehicles high enough, so we are now working with the National Guard to be able to deploy Humvee ambulances to assist them", said Richard Flinn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Management. Frostbite "can happen in minutes", while hypothermia can affect people in weather as warm as 60 degrees if they are not dressed properly, forecasters said.

Additionally, he said people should always have a means of communication.

"You lose a surprising amount of heat from your head, so wearing a hat is always advised if you can't wear a mask", he said.

Makes sure you bundle up... layers are your friend this week.

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