Temperatures expected to get dangerously low during 'Arctic Blast'

Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 5:01 PM EST
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Temperatures were in the low teens for much of Tuesday, with wind chills making it feel even colder. Overnight and into Wednesday morning, temperatures could become dangerous.

"Fortunately for us, across the Upper Peninsula, it's going to be relatively short lived,” said Matt Zika, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “But for the next day or so, through the evening, through the day on Wednesday, it's going to be very cold."

With the wind chill, temperatures will feel closer to the negative twenties. That's slightly below average for this time of year.

"The frostbite time is actually less than 15 to 20 minutes or so, so if you're outside without proper protection and your face isn't covered and things like that, then that's the time where you're going to have to be concerned about dangerous things occurring," said Zika.

Still, schools are alert. Superintendents are constantly checking to make sure it is safe for students to be outside as they wait for buses.

"Keeping all of their skin covered, that's first and foremost,” said Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders. “A scarf around the face, a hat, gloves; any exposed skin is susceptible to frostbite."

Marquette Area Public Schools uses a diesel additive in their buses that runs the risk of freezing.

"Although it starts in the morning and it gets out on the road, we might be a half hour into our run and that fuel gels and that bus quits right there on the spot,” said Saunders. “It's circumstances like that where then there are students out at a bus stop that are having to wait for potentially more than that ten minutes."

Temperatures should return to normal later in the week, in the mid-teens to twenties, and we could even see a few inches of light fluffy snow.

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