FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Polar Vortex is making its way south, bringing brutally cold temperatures and wind chills with it.
A Wind Chill Warning went into effect at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and will last until 2 p.m. Thursday. Wind chills may reach as low as 50 below zero. Exposed skin outside with dangerously cold wind chills may cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes. Hypothermia and even death may be possible if you're not dressed warmly enough and are outside for a prolonged period.
It will be important to leave exterior pipes running, try to stay indoors as much as possible and make sure your car has at least half a tank of gas. Also, you should check in on elderly family, friends and neighbors. Remember, if it's too cold for you to be outside, it's too cold for your pets to be outside for extended periods of time.
The worst of the Arctic blast happens Wednesday. Actual highs will range from 5 to 10 below zero, with wind chills up to 20 degrees colder than that. Low temperatures have the possibility of breaking all time records as lows dip between 15 to 25 below zero. The Polar Vortex pulls off to the northeast Thursday, allowing temperatures to begin to rise into the single digits. Winds begin to back off, so feel like temperatures will begin to improve.
Be sure to check the following pages on wfft.com to get up-to-the-minute information on the winter storm:
- Closings Page: https://www.wfft.com/weather/closings/
- Travel Status: https://www.wfft.com/weather/travel-status/
- Traffic Page: https://www.wfft.com/traffic/
- Weather Page: https://www.wfft.com/weather/
- Interactive Radar: https://www.wfft.com/weather/interactive-radar/
- Map Center: https://www.wfft.com/weather/map-center/
Watch FOX 55 News First at 10 tonight for your full Severe Weather Center forecast.