Jim Caldwell's Forecast | 2018 begins with a brutal stretch of cold

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - These numbers are looking pretty tough over the next few days!

A Wind Chill Advisory will remain active through Tuesday afternoon. I have a feeling it won't be the final one of the week. This is an extremely cold period across the country. Highs today will probably hover around the mid-teens. Wind chill readings, through this first day of 2018, will be in the single digits. I am referring to the daytime hours here, not the nighttime readings. At night you can expect subzero wind chill numbers to show up.

Tuesday morning will feature those subzero wind chill readings again. Only backing off to the single digits that afternoon. The expiration for the Wind Chill Advisory is set for Tuesday afternoon. This might be a bit confusing since it will still feel like single digits, it takes subzero numbers for the advisory. It will still be dangerously cold!

The extreme cold will take a break on Wednesday. We might push close to 30 for highs in some cases out there. Numbers like that will help push the wind chill into the teens. This is a brief round of relief! Do not let the "warm-up" fool you because it will not last. Another ridiculous push of cold air will enter for Thursday and Friday. Looking at those numbers right now makes me think that we could see more advisories later this week.

Cold is locked and loaded. Cold is the weather pattern and there's not much else going on for us. Stay warm! According to the CDC Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Victims of hypothermia are often:
Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
People who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.
People who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.
Recognizing Hypothermia
Warnings signs of hypothermia:

Shivering, exhaustion
Confusion, fumbling hands
Memory loss, slurred speech drowsiness

Bright red, cold skin
Very low energy

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