Bone-chilling cold: Temperatures could hit record lows this week in Cortland County; travel advisory issued

Traffic at the intersection of Main Street and Tompkins Street Wednesday afternoon (Cortland Voice)

Update: Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms has issued a travel advisory for Cortland County until 9 a.m. Thursday, warning that hazardous weather, strong winds and extremely cold temperatures will make travel difficult.

CORTLAND, N.Y. — An arctic cold front is bringing frigid temperatures to the Northeast this week, and Cortland is no exception.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a wind chill warning from 2 p.m. today through 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Temperatures have already dropped into the single digits this afternoon, and wind speeds are as high as 35 mph. This combination is producing bitterly cold wind chills. Wind chill values could reach 35 below overnight. Wind chills that low can cause frostbite on exposed skin within 30 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind chills will range from -20 to -30 degrees across a large portion of central New York Thursday morning. Temperatures are only expected to rise to between 6 and 12 degrees Thursday afternoon.

It will still be very cold through early Friday morning, though we can look forward to moderate temperatures heading into the weekend. Warm air and partial sunshine will allow temperatures to reach into the mid to upper teens Friday afternoon. Temperatures will fall back into the single digits Friday night, though those temps will start to rise overnight, with highs on Saturday up to 25 to 30 degrees.

There is a chance for snow, rain and freezing rain on Sunday, with highs in the upper 30s. By Monday, high temperatures could reach up to 40 degrees.