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-40 Wind Chill, Single Digit Temps Expected Monday

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      We've seen exceptionally colder temperatures over the past few days, but it's not over.

     Next week's lows are dipping into the negatives and they have Erie's Emergency Management worried.

      The National Weather Service is using the words "scary" and "extreme" in describing the unusually low temperatures we'll see in the forecast, over the next few days.

      For the first time in 21 years, Erie will see a wind chill of 40 below.

      "The cold temperatures we're going to see in the next couple days are dangerously cold," said Dale Robinson, Emergency Management Coordinator.  "We're going to see wind chills down around -40 degrees Fahrenheit.  We haven't seen those temperatures probably since 1983," he said.

      Hospitals in the area have been treating patients for frostbite and hypothermia, over the past few weeks.

     They advise bundling up in the next few days and covering any exposed skin.

     "It doesn't take long to develop frostbite, especially when it's this cold and you aren't wearing enough clothing," said UPMC Hamot Emergency Room Doctor, Jason Loflen.

      The National Weather Service said it can actually take 10 minutes or less for a person to develop frostbite; and only 30 to 40 minutes to develop hypothermia.

      The forecast has left many wondering whether schools will be closed, due to temperatures in the single digits.

      "On Tuesday, we're going to be lucky if temperatures reach 0," said Robinson.  "I wouldn't want my kids out for very long in this weather we're going to be getting."

    The National Weather Service issued a warning Saturday afternoon; that warning is said to stay live until Wednesday evening.

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