WARSAW — A wind child advisory will go into effect for Akron, Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Mentone, Columbia City and many other area towns from 10 p.m. EST tonight, Dec. 14, until 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 15.
According to the National Weather Service, wind chill temperatures of 15 below zero to 20 below zero are expected late tonight into midday Thursday.
The National Weather Service warns the bitterly cold wind chills expected can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. People who must go outdoors should dress in layers and cover all exposed skin to avoid frostbite.
A wind child advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If people must go outdoors, they should make sure to wear a hat and gloves.