Wisconsin will be hit with a jolt of cold weather later this week, with the dangerously low wind chills expected.
The National Weather Service said that a blast of arctic air will hit Wisconsin starting Wednesday and continuing through Friday.
Roy Eckberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay, said Tuesday will be a warmer day with highs in the mid-30s. By Wednesday, temperatures will drop to about 15.
On Thursday, low temperatures will sink to between 0 and 5 below zero. Wind chills on Thursday will reach about 15 below near Lake Michigan and between 25 below zero and 30 below in central and northern Wisconsin, Eckberg said. Highs will be in the teens in eastern Wisconsin and single digits in central.
The wind will die off on Friday, but temperatures will still remain frigid, Eckberg said. The Fox Valley could face low temperatures of 10 below zero, while north-central Wisconsin could see temperatures drop to 20 below, he said.
Saturday will be slightly warmer with temperatures getting closer to normal, but Eckberg said Wisconsin could expect the colder-than-normal temperatures to last through the end of the month.
Similar temperatures are expected for more southern areas of the state, including Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, which will see temperatures drop to just below zero Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
Kevin Wagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Milwaukee, said wind chills in Sheboygan Wednesday night into Thursday could range between 15 below zero and 20 below, while Fond du Lac could get wind chills that sink even lower to 25 below. Wagner said Friday looks similar, but slightly warmer with less wind.
Eckberg said that people should be prepared for the colder weather but dressing in layers and wearing a hat and gloves while outside. He also said that anyone who plans to travel during the cold weather should have a winter survival kit in case they get stuck.
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This article originally appeared on Stevens Point Journal: Wisconsin weather: Below 0 temperatures, arctic wind chills coming