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Nebraska, Iowa residents wake up to 20-below wind chills

February 9, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents in Nebraska and Iowa woke up to bitterly cold conditions Tuesday morning, leading to slick streets that contributed to multiple crashes in the Omaha area.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning early Tuesday for parts of 13 counties in central, east-central and south-central Nebraska, with wind chills near 30 below zero that could cause frostbite on exposed skin in under 10 minutes. The warning covered the cities of Grand Island, Hastings, York, Loup City and Central City, among others.

In a wider band around the warning area, the weather service issued a wind chill advisory, warning of wind chills to 25 below in much of the eastern half of Nebraska and several counties in southwestern Iowa.

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The cold led several schools in the region to start classes late and saw some services in the area close.

High temperatures for Tuesday were expected to climb only into the single digits around Grand Island and up to 10 degrees in Omaha and western Iowa. Bitter cold is forecast to continue throughout the week, according to the weather service.