Temps plunge

Temperatures are cascading downward and are expected to slip below zero tonight.
Marie Havenga
Feb 27, 2014

Don’t gasp yet, because there’s more. Or, in this case, less.

With winds gusting up to 45 mph, wind chills will dip to as much as 20 below.

“There’s more cold Canadian air coming down,” said meteorologist Wayne Hoepner of the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. “I’ll spend most of my time indoors because I’m a good Florida boy.”

This will be the sixth day in the past three months that we’ve tumbled below zero and the 56th day this winter that we’ve been below freezing. That’s more than double the number of days we trudged through tundra-type temperatures last winter.

After getting barraged by the “brrrs” in bulk, are people growing more immune to the cold?

“I don’t think so,” Hoepner said. “I think every time it hits, people feel it.”

After snow, blowing snow and frigid temperatures today, Friday’s wind chills could reach 10 below, with a high of 15 and a 50 percent chance of snow. Saturday’s forecast features highs in the low 20s with a 60 percent chance of snow.

Check grandhaventribune.com for the latest warnings and forecasts, and any activity cancellations or school closings.


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