Region's Residents Dealing With Dangerous Arctic AirGRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - An extreme cold warning has hit the Red River Valley and the frigid temperatures don't seem to be going anywhere but down.
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - An extreme cold warning has hit the Red River Valley and the frigid temperatures don't seem to be going anywhere but down.
The system passing through the area tonight and tomorrow is leaving the coldest temperatures of the season behind.
"Temperatures will probably be anywhere from -25 to about -15 in the area. Which it will be a good 10 to 15 degrees colder than any night so far this winter," WDAZ meteorologist Daryl Ritchison said.
Temperatures that low are not only dangerous, but can cause a few unexpected car troubles.
"With the cold weather, we have to go out and jump start them a lot of times, and if they're real weak to start with, sometimes they can freeze, then they won't jump start at all so we have to tow them to get a new battery," tow truck driver Chris Simon said.
That's causing Demers Interstate Towing to be three times busier than it was earlier this winter. The mild season we had just a few short weeks ago is still fresh in people's minds.
"It kind of sucks. I wish it was back to like 44 degrees like it was last week and a half ago. But I guess we got lucky, it's now -6 which is what it should be so, we kind of got lucky," Shannon Kerr said.
The big temperature drop can be hard for our bodies to adjust.
"It usually takes most people say approximately three days to get accustomed to temperature change like this. Although, I'm not sure if you ever completely adapt to 30's and 40's below wind chill," Ritchison said.
"We're going to have snow in June at this pace, so I wish we got a little more snow in December but you know deal with it I guess. It's North Dakota, what do you expect?" Kerr said.
An extreme cold warning means that dangerously low temperatures are expected for a prolonged period of time.
Frostbite and hypothermia are more likely with this weather, so stay bundled up and keep some warm mittens on you.