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LOCAL 5 FORECAST: Frigid temperatures return tonight and Tuesday

Dangerous wind chills in the -20s are expected in central Iowa Tuesday morning

DES MOINES, Iowa — Here we go again! After a mild start to the day, bitterly cold air is returning to Iowa. Temperatures will continue to plummet tonight, eventually falling below zero across all of central Iowa. -10s will be possible in north central Iowa. A steady north breeze will make it feel like the -20s late tonight through Tuesday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect tonight through noon Tuesday for central Iowa including Des Moines. A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect north of Highway 20 where wind chills could dip to the -30s.

Tuesday will be sunny, but still quite cold with highs in the 0s and wind chills stuck below zero. Tuesday night will be the coldest part of this week with lows down to -10 in the metro. Sunshine will stick around Wednesday as temperatures improve to the low 20s. We'll get to the low 30s on Thursday, but a cold front will cause those temperatures to fall Thursday afternoon. Breezy winds are expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

Thursday night lows will be near 0°, but things should improve a little bit after that. Forecast highs are in the low to mid 30s Saturday through next Wednesday. Central Iowa will likely stay dry all the way through this weekend. We likely won't have a shot at precipitation until the first couple days of February.

Have a good night! 

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