POTSDAM - The National Weather Service is warning a dangerous combination of high winds and subzero cold will continue this morning, with low temperatures of 14 degrees below zero and a wind chill of minus 37.
A wind chill warning is expected to remain in effect until 11 a.m. Friday. Temperatures will inch up to a high of 3 below zero before dropping back to minus 13 Friday night.
In such conditions, people should limit their time outdoors or at least bundle up and avoid exposed skin, said meteorologist Dan P. Kelly at the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
Prolonged exposure to low temperatures could lead to frostbite or hypothermia, he said.
The extreme conditions are expected to let up this weekend, however, with temperatures in the teens and light snowfall across St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties.
Saturday looks like it will be the beginning of a little bit warmer trend, said meteorologist David R. Thomas, also with the weather service in Buffalo. Like a heat wave almost.
Monday will be a different story.
A cold front will drop the temperatures right back down to the low single digits, and it looks like another lake effect snowstorm could bring up to a foot of snow in the Tug Hill and Jefferson/St. Lawrence county area, Mr. Thomas said.
The bitter cold weather has residents talking. Facebook users reported what the temperature was at their house on Thursday morning.
Brenda Thornton wrote it was minus 17 degrees in West Stockholm when she woke up at 6:30 a.m., and Elaine Perry wrote it was minus 13 in Norwood.