With the morning low temperature bottoming out at negative 6 degrees with a wind chill of negative 20 just after 8 a.m., the mercury is finally on the rise in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
It’s negative 4 with a wind chill of negative 18 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The thermometer will squeak up to 2 degrees by noon and then 9 by 5 p.m. under mostly sunny skies. Subzero wind chills will remain throughout the rest of the day and tonight.
Wind chills have ranged from negative 10 to negative 25 since midnight, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
A wind chill warning is up for Butler County and a wind chill advisory remains in effect for the rest of our region until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
With winds gusting 10 to 15 mph, wind chills could fall as low as negative 20 or negative 25 throughout the day.
In those brutally cold conditions, frostbite can develop on exposed skin in as little as 20 to 30 minutes, according to the Cincinnati Health Department.
If you are going to be outside today, limit the time, be sure to dress in layers and cover all exposed skin.
The cold caused a handful of water main breaks earlier this morning in areas such as Kellogg at California avenues in the east side Cincinnati neighborhood of California; Washburn and Virginia in Northside and Harrison and Montana in Westwood.
Our latest round of arctic weather prompted more than 300 schools and businesses to issue cancellations or delays today.
Cincinnati Public Schools are closed for the second day in a row. Most other major school districts such as Lakota, Mason, Batavia, Northwest and Princeton also are shut down.
Some districts in Northern Kentucky are operating on one-hour delays including Boone, Campbell and Kenton county schools.
Another night with subzero temperatures and wind chills lies ahead. The low is expected to plunge to negative 3 with wind chills ranging negative 15 to negative 20.
Conditions will begin warming Wednesday with the high temperature making it up to 19 degrees. Wind chill values will still be as low as negative 19 at times. It will be mostly sunny.
Wednesday night will fall clear with a low around 11. Wind chills will only slip to 0.
The mercury will climb into the low 30s by Thursday. Conditions will remain sunny through Thursday afternoon before the chance for snow showers moves into the forecast and stays there through most of the weekend.
Daytime highs will remain in the 30s Friday before moving into the low 40s on Saturday, when the snow could mix with a little rain.
Nighttime lows will only fall to the low 20s.
Reporter Ally Marotti contributed.