How about a little educational information about the frigid and arctic temperatures that are headed to Rockford and most of the midwest?

According to Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Candice King, Rockford's wind chill will hit between -45 and -50.

  • An entire generation has not experienced the type of old that is about to hit Rockford.
  • Rockford's coldest day on record was a high of -14 on January 6, 1912, and January 18, 1994.
  • The all-time record low was -27on January, 10, 1982.

More interesting facts from Accuweather...

  • The extreme cold temperatures could cost you money because of unplanned expenses. "Residents will be faced with high heating costs and the potential for frozen and bursting water pipes, dead car batteries, and school closures." The school closures could require last-minute child care.
  • You could experience frostbite in  "The harshest conditions are anticipated from North Dakota to northern Illinois, where there can be a prolonged stretch of dangerously low AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures that can cause frostbite in mere minutes."
  • Flooding won't be out of the question. "Amid the cold, a prolonged lake-effect snow and squall event can create other travel hazards downwind of the Great Lakes. More ice jams can form along area rivers, raising the risk of flooding in nearby communities."

Perhaps the most important things to remember are making sure homeless are aware of warming shelters and keep your pets warm. If YOU can not handle the outside temperatures (in this case, the cold) neither can your pet.


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