Deep freeze plunges wind chill to -42

ESCANABA – Area schools were closed for the second day in a row today as dangerous temperatures and extreme wind chills continued to grip the region.

In the Escanaba area, wind chill readings have remained around -35 degrees since Monday morning with little variation.

“It’s almost been consistent,” said Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Marquette Office.

Gusting winds did prompt some changes in the local wind chill reading. The lowest wind chill recorded in the Escanaba area over night was -42 degrees around 4:35 a.m. Temperatures at the time were recorded at -17 degrees.

In Manistique the coldest recorded wind chill was -39 degrees between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. At the time, ambient temperatures remained around -14 degrees. The lowest temperature of the night was recorded at -15 degrees, however winds gusting to 25 mph caused the extreme wind chill at the slightly warmer temperature.

“We’ve seen temperatures this cold, but typically we don’t see the winds when it’s this cold,” said Kluber.

Temperatures tomorrow will be slightly warmer with highs around 9 degrees, but westerly winds will continue to produce wind chill readings near -30 degrees in the morning hours.

During the night time hours, temperatures will drop to as low as 11 below with wind chills around -25 degrees. Thursday will continue to be cold with highs around 15 degrees during the day and wind chills near -25 in the morning. High wind chill readings could be near zero.

Friday temperatures will warm up significantly with highs around 30 degrees. The warm temperatures will continue through Monday with highs expected in the high 20s to mid 30s.