Charles City, Iowa – The National Weather Service is warning residents to prepare for a potential record setting, life-threatening cold snap that will invade the area as soon as Monday night.
Wind Chill Watches were issued for the entire area beginning Tuesday for dangerous wind chills that could drop to -60 degrees or lower in areas throughout the week.
Dangerous wind chills of -45 to -60 degrees are expected Tuesday through Thursday with Wednesday morning being the coldest.
Forecasters say this has the potential to be a life-threatening cold snap with temperatures expected to be the coldest many will have ever experienced.
Things You Can Do Before The Cold Arrives
- Have your heating system and water lines as well-prepared as possible.
- Check over your vehicle: Make sure battery is in good condition; full tank of fuel; motor oil is fresh and full; air pressure in tires is correct, etc.
- Stock up on groceries between now and Monday evening so any outdoor time is limited throughout the rest of the week.
- Prepare for school and other event cancellations this week, especially Wednesday and possibly other days.
- If at all possible, don’t venture outdoors. If you must, make sure efforts are taken to cover any exposed skin, especially on Wednesday.
- GET YOUR PETS INDOORS! Make every effort to bring your pet indoors or make arrangements to house them elsewhere. A dog house will not protect your dog with temperatures this cold.
- Keep it clicked here or tune to 95.9, 103.3 or 1580 KCHA and 95.1 The Bull for continued updates throughout the week.
- Monitor latest forecast: https://weather.gov/LaCrosse
*This story was updated to reflect the early start of the dangerous cold from Tuesday to Monday night.