By Adam Carter, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The National Weather Service is experimenting with a new weather warning, one that unfortunately may be exclusive to our neck of the woods.

Extreme Cold Warnings will be issued if the actual temperature reaches 35 degrees below zero or colder, with winds of less than 5 mph. The warning is meant to supplement wind chill advisories and will be tested in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The good news is that doesn’t happen too often.

“Our record low (in the metro area) is 40 below,” said Todd Krause, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It’s going to be a rare thing and hopefully we won’t have any kind of that cold this winter but you never know.”

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Because the warning is experimental, the National Weather Service will be accepting public comments on the Extreme Cold Warning if one is issued. Weather officials will then decide if the warning should be a permanent option.

The more typical wind chill advisory is issued if the wind chill is between 25 below and 39 below with winds of 5 mph or higher. A wind chill warning is issued if the wind chill is more than 40 degrees below zero and the winds are 5 mph or higher.

Any weather conditions must cover a large area and last for several hours before the weather service issues an advisory or warning.

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Comments (8)
  1. mark from says:

    And how much will this cost the tax payers? How about we use a little common sense and look out the window or buy a thermometer

    1. Doug says:

      I totally agree. Even at zero cost, this is ridiculous.

  2. Craig Mensing says:

    Adding one more warning that duplicates existing warnings just doesn’t make any sense. The outcome, one more warning to the list, those of us who live here understand the cold, prepare for it and plan for it. Didn’t they revise the wind chill tables a few years ago, I wonder how much that cost in research, and documentation. My guess it was more than $3.00. The NWS does a fair job of forecasting and warning but this sounds like another agency out of control doing “make work” projects that really add no value.

  3. Doug says:

    Here is another attempt to protect people from their own stupidity. We already have our weather people telling us to dress warm when we go out in the cold.

  4. Dave says:

    All because modern idiots have no common sense and can’t read thermometers. Are these warnings going to be sent to morons’ “smart phones”?

  5. Skeezer says:

    Are you people really this irritated by this ?? I’d hate to see something big happen in your lives.

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