We'd have to go back nearly 20 years to find temperatures this cold for so consistently long. Making things even more unbearable is the added wind chill. According to WeatherBug meteorologists wind chills measure the amount of heat we lose when out in a cold wind. To protect our skin from frigid temperatures our body gives off a layer of warmth. This protection from the cold is actually blown away by a strong wind. Frostbite can happen in five minutes when out in wind chills below zero and it can take place in just one minute when the wind chill hits 20 below.

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