Ithaca, N.Y. — Something called an “arctic outbreak” will sink temperatures in Ithaca to a low of one degree Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a “wind chill advisory” for the Ithaca area and about a dozen counties in New York’s Southern Tier. The advisory is expected to last from Wednesday at 5 p.m. until Thursday at 10 a.m.

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“A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WINDS COMBINE WITH VERY COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN,” the NWS’ advisory states.

“THE WIND CHILL IS EXPECTED TO BE COLD ENOUGH TO CAUSE FROSTBITE IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES OR LESS…AND COULD LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.”

“THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY…MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED.”

The temperature in Ithaca Wednesday morning is about 14 degrees, the NWS said. As noted by The Voice’s Kyle Friend, temperatures are expected to be miserable all week.

From the NWS briefing:

You can see the NWS’ full statement here.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.