ITHACA, N.Y — A wind chill warning issued for Tompkins and surrounding counties says that wind chill more than 30 degrees below zero is expected in the area and could result in frost bite, hypothermia or even death of precautions are not taken.
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The warning goes into effect at 4 a.m. Saturday morning and, as of Friday, is expected to last until 1 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service reports.
In Ithaca Friday night, wind chill values are expected to be as low as – 10 degrees below zero with an 80 percent chance for snow with could accumulate to around two inches.
Saturday, though, wind chill values could be as low as -25 degrees. The high temperature Saturday is predicted to be 4 degrees with a low of -8 degrees and up to 20 mph winds. Scattered flurries are also expected.
According to a wind chill chart provided by the weather service, frost bite can set in within about 30 minutes at those low temperatures and wind speeds.
On Sunday, the high temperature will be about 9 degrees with a low around 2 degrees. There’s a chance for scattered flurries before 1 p.m.
The Ithaca Voice will continue to report on these extreme weather conditions throughout the weekend.
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