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Wind chill to reach single digits on New Year’s Day

The arrival of the new year accompanies a bitter cold throughout the D.C. region. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

WASHINGTON — The first day of 2018 is going to be dangerously cold.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for the D.C. area until 9 a.m. Monday.

Single digit temperatures can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, according to Storm Team 4 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

Wind chills will drop below zero across the entire region, with some areas seeing wind chills as low as -20 degrees.


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Here’s a look at the latest forecast:

Monday: Mostly sunny. Blustery and very cold. Winds diminishing toward evening.
Highs in the low 20s. Wind chills in the teens to single digits.

Monday night: Mostly clear. Not as windy, but still very cold.
Lows in the single digits to mid teens.

Below is a map of the areas affected by severe wind chill as well as a map of Monday’s high temperatures:

If you’re going out in these freezing temperatures, be sure to dress accordingly. Cover exposed skin with a hat, gloves and a scarf or a knit mask over your face and mouth. Wear several layers of loosefitting clothes — as opposed to just one heavy layer — and consider water-resistant outerwear and shoes.

Check out these tips on how to recognize and respond to hypothermia and frostbite.


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