Q2 Weather: Winter jumped in on us with both feet in Billings

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The snow will likely result in slippery roads and reduced visibility in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and western Wisconsin, according to the weather service.

In the Midwest, the National Weather Service said that some states can expect wind chills temperatures to reach almost 40 degrees below zero. The temperature will dip to 20 degrees overnight, with light winds.

During the day on New Year's Eve, temperatures will hug the 40-degree mark before dropping into the upper 20s just after you ring in 2018.

So far, it hasn't been much of a record-breaking winter, either.

According to the weather service, Thursday will see a high of 6 degrees.

When temperatures drop, wind chills can become risky.

Forecasters advised people to dress in layers, to cover exposed skin and to limit time outside. A southeast wind of 7 miles per hour will become northwest in the afternoon.

"Think of your pets, because you don't want to leave dogs outdoors", he said.

Waterproof boots, gloves, a warm hat, and an outer layer to protect against wind and snow are also recommended.

The mountains ringing the Columbia Basin, including Mount Spokane and mountain passes, will see heavy snow as well, anywhere from 8 to 12 inches.

Moody said most of the calls were for people who needed help getting out of snowy driveways, had dead auto batteries or had locked their keys in the vehicle while warming it up.

Larry Coleman, volunteer at Positive Avenues, agreed there has been a big increase recently.

A wind chill advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service office in Cleveland until 11 a.m. today.

The week after Christmas has some brutally cold temperatures in store, with only three days of temperatures above single digits. Lowest wind chills of 5 to 15 below zero. From Dec. 27 to January 5, record low temperatures range from negative 30 to negative 37 degrees-far lower than the coldest low temp forecast so far, which is negative 23 degrees on Dec. 31.

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