Dangerously cold weather is expected across the state of Maine today and tomorrow reports the National Weather Service (NWS).
A Wind Chill Warning and Wind Chill Advisory are in effect for much of the state. The Wind Chill Warning will start at 10 PM tonight to noon EST on Tuesday. The Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from 2 AM on Tuesday to 10 AM later that morning, says the NWS.
The Wind Chill Warning will affect the northwestern part of the state, including cities like Upton, Andover, Byron, Roxbury, Avon, Dummer, Milan, Davis, Lincoln, Woodstock, and Plymouth.
The NWS warns that wind chills will be as low as 40 degrees below zero in those areas and frostbite could occur within 10 minutes of being outside.
The NWS has also announced that a Hazardous Weather Outlook is in effect for the southern part of the state today.
"An Arctic front will cross the area today and bring scattered snow showers with it. There is some potential for those snow showers to organize into snow squalls. This would impact the evening commute, especially across southern areas," the NWS reported in a statement.
The Wind Chill Advisory will affect nearly every other part of the state tomorrow with wind chills as low as 25 below zero.
"The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes," the NWS released in a statement.
The NWS advises that caution be taken when going outside. Wear appropriate clothing and limit outside activity as much as possible. If you must travel, make sure you pack extra blankets, food, water, a flashlight, and a charged phone in case of an emergency.
It's also important to keep your vehicle stored in a garage, as the extreme cold weather could affect the engine and prevent it from starting.
For more information, you can click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/gyx/
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