Wind chill temps dip to 40 below in parts of Maine, weather service urges precautions

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 6:46 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 22, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning Wednesday morning in northwestern Maine, including Fort Kent, Allagash and Rangeley, where temps already as cold as 30 below could feel like 40 below with the wind chill.

Throughout the state, the weather service urges wearing protective clothing, including a warm coat and gloves, outside, as frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly in extreme cold. Mainers are urged to protect livestock from the cold and bring pets inside.

A wind chill advisory is in effect in much of northern Maine including Presque Isle until 11 a.m. with wind chills as cold as 30 below zero.

Much of the rest of the state, including Penobscot and Washington counties, and central and Western Maine, are under a wind chill advisory until 9 a.m. with temps dipping as low as 5 below, but feeling like as low as 25 below with the wind chill.

Temps are expected to return to the above-zero range Wednesday afternoon.

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