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Be careful out there -- Weather Service warns of 'life-threatening' wind chills

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Bundle up the kids and expect to warm up the car on Tuesday when an arctic blast of air brings a winter weather advisory from midnight to 6 a.m. to the Detroit Lakes area.

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Areas included in this winter weather advisory in Minnesota stretch from Roseau in the north to Elbow Lake in the south.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., is forecasting light snow with accumulation up to one inch and west winds at 20 miles per hour, changing to northwest winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

Forecasted lows are 10 to 15 below zero, with wind chill readings of 20 to 30 degrees below zero after midnight.

The strong winds and low temperatures may combine Tuesday night to create life-threatening wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero in the area.

The designation of "life-threatening" is given when wind chills drop below 30 degrees below zero. At those wind chills, it takes a very short time to develop frostbite and hypothermia.

The forecasted snowfall, combined with strong wind, is expected to affect visibility later Monday evening and all day Tuesday.

Areas affected by this weather in Minnesota stretch from Roseau to Elbow Lake.

The National Weather Service said a winter weather advisory is issued when periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rains will cause travel difficulties. Drivers should use caution and be prepared for slippery roads and reduced visibility.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the driving conditions as of 5 p.m. Monday are good until around 10 p.m. tonight.

Tune in to local television and radio stations for winter weather postponements or closings.

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