ITHACA, N.Y. – Temperatures are expected to drop this weekend in Tompkins County following an already chilly past few days.

The Finger Lakes Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory warning Tompkins and surrounding counties of severe below freezing wind chills. Chills are expected to drop from  -10° to  -20°F. While the National Weather Service has predicted weekend highs to reach 21°F on Saturday, wind chills are expected to drop temperatures significantly.

Finger Lakes Weather reports that the wind chill may cause frostbite to skin exposed for more than 30 minutes outside. Residents are advised to bundle up and limit outdoor exposure if possible. The wind chill advisory, which was issued Thursday morning, is expected to last until noon.

While the advisory may be lifted on Thursday afternoon, The National Weather Service predicts freezing temperatures in Tompkins County throughout the week. A slight chance of snow is predicted through Sunday night, and weekend temperatures will reach a high of 21°F with a low of 2°F without wind chill.

While frigid temperatures precede the new year, The National Weather Service expects sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures on New Years Day – in the meantime, make sure to bundle up this weekend!

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.