Wind Chill Warning Tonight

 A Wind Chill Warning will go into effect for portions of Central Ohio, including the Columbus area, after 7 p.m. this evening through Thursday morning as wind chill values approach -25 degrees.  A warning already exists for the northwestern part of our area.

The actual morning low will be in the range -5 to -10 degrees, without factoring in the wind speed, the coldest of the season. At these levels, frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes if your skin is unprotected from the cold, including your facial features.

Early signs of frostbite–called frost nip–range from a pale skin color to some reddening and tingling or burning of the skin’s surface.  At this point, it is time to head indoors and warm up your extremities.  Prolonged exposure to harsh cold, especially for the very young, seniors, and people with medical conditions (circulatory, respiratory illnesses), is potentially dangerous.

If in doubt, seek proper attention quickly.  Frostbite is very serious and requires immediate medical treatment. Hypothermia is life-threatening: symptoms include drowsiness, slurring of speech, confusion and becoming uncoordinated or unsteady. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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