Wind chill advisory issued ahead of bitterly cold temperatures this week

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory lasting until noon Tuesday as the season's coldest temperatures combine to produce dangerous wind chill values.

Fresh snowfall and an unusually strong area of high pressure will combine to send temperatures into the single digits below zero Monday night into Tuesday morning. Gusty winds will create wind chill values near -20° at times leading to increased risk of frostbite.

Frostbite can occur to exposed skin in less than 30 minutes with these temperatures. If you have to venture outside make sure and limit as much skin exposure as possible. Don't forget to check on pets, including their water, and try to keep them inside as much as possible. This is also a good time to make sure your vehicle is equipped with a winter weather survival kit should you become stranded. This kit should include a flashlight, blanket, water, a backup cell phone charger and non-perishable food items.

Temperatures are forecast to moderate some towards the end of the week before another arctic blast arrives just before the new year.