Very cold temperatures are expected for North Dakota today through Wednesday. The north central region can expect wind chill values as low as minus 45. This is a very dangerous weather system with very cold Arctic air settling in the area.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck is predicting very dangerous wind chill values in the area. With wind chill values at this range, frost bite can take place on the human skin in less than 5 minutes. Extreme caution is needed when working or being outside. A WIND CHILL WARNING is issued for these areas of the state which include the towns of Minot, Jamestown, Carrington, Harvey, Bottineau, Rugby and Kenmare. Residents in these areas need to take the necessary precautions as exposure to the elements could be dangerous or even deadly. A winter survival kit is a necessary tool in all vehicles.

For other areas of the state, a WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect until 12 Noon (CST) Sunday. These regions can expect wind chill values at 30+ below. In these conditions, exposed skin can experience frost bite in 30 minutes or less. The communities effected in the advisory area include Bismarck, Mandan, St. Anthony, Fort Yates, Garrison, Steele, Mott, Dickinson, Bowman, Beach, Medora, New Town and New Salem.

This system brought snow to the state last night and early Saturday morning. The heaviest snow was North of a line of I94. Travel is hazardous and travelers need to check road conditions. With strong gusty winds in effect, visibility can be reduced due to blowing snow.

Locally, winds will gusts from 45-50 MPH, and with these strong winds, the area will have wind chill values at or more than minus 30 below this afternoon.

The Arctic cold air mass will effect the state with dangerous wind chills until Monday, although the cold air will be in the area through Wednesday of  this coming week.

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This weather is dangerous. Travelers and those working outside should limit their exposure to the wind as hypothermia and or frost bite is possible in a very short time.

Special shelter and precautions need to be taken for livestock, cattle and pets.